Trust Me – a critical thinking resource

  • Awareness
  • 28/06/2016
  • UK Safer Internet Centre

In a world where people's perception of the world is informed through the wealth of information and interaction in the media and social media, it is important that children are equipped with the skills to critically assess and analyse the information that is put to them. This is a key element of developing resilience, and a crucial modern day skill for managing and navigating potential online risks.

As such, eSafety charity Childnet (partner in the UK Safer Internet Centre (SIC)), has recently launched ‘Trust Me', a new resource designed to support primary and secondary school teachers in exploring critical thinking online. Developed in partnership with the London Grid for Learning (LGfL) Safeguarding Board to address the emerging area of online extremism and propaganda, the practical resource aims to provoke discussion among students so as to challenge young people to think critically about what they see online.
Will Gardner, CEO of Childnet, said: "Trust Me is designed to give teachers the tools they need to educate young people to be critical thinkers online, vital in building up their resilience online. By working with the London Grid for Learning and piloting in schools across the country we have developed a free, practical resource that can be used by any primary and secondary school teachers across the UK. We want to encourage young people to ask questions about what they see and experience online and Trust Me gives young people the language that will help them to do this."
Find out more about the resource on the Childnet website, and read our previous BIK bulletin focus article on online extremism and radicalisation, including resources and approaches from across the European network of Safer Internet Centres.
Find out more about the work of the UK Safer Internet Centre, including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services.

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