An experiment on assessing web content critically
- Latvian Safer Internet Centre
The Latvian Safer Internet Centre, in cooperation with the largest Latvian social network Draugiem.lv, conducted a little experiment: they examined whether young people believe everything they read and see on the internet, and whether they verify the veracity and source of information before providing their contact information to unknown persons.
For a period of less than two days, a seemingly unsafe banner was placed on the profile pages of children and young people, aged 10-20, in Draugiem.lv. It stated "Want to receive the new and stylish iPad? Do not be late! Only the first 500 to respond will receive iPads! Register before 7 February, 12:00 noon and receive it as a gift!"
- BIK team
Acknowledging the various benefits and opportunities that both the internet and social media can bring, but also emphasising the potential threats and dangers which they can present, the Council of the European Union has recently adopted a set of conclusions on developing media literacy and critical thinking through education and training.