From daTeechur's Desk: The DigCit Edition

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Happy Friday the 13th, friends!

I hope this message finds you well, and that it is a lucky day for you. Next week is Digital Citizenship Week, and there are so many cool things going on. Here are a few you may want to put on your radar:

How are you celebrating Digital Citizenship Week?

Speaking of Digital Citizenship, here’s a recent blog post I’ve written with the help of “AI-esha” (again, hat tip to the good Dr. Knikole Taylor).

The Impact of Misinformation and Misdebunking in the Digital Age (2023)

As I was going through some of my old Facebook posts, I came across a status from three years ago that got me thinking about a topic that is still very relevant today: misinformation and the misdebunking of good information. With the help of ChatGPT, I’ve expanded on these thoughts and turned them into this blog post.

The Problem with Misinformation

In the age of the internet, it’s easier than ever for misinformation to spread like wildfire. A simple click of the “share” button can amplify a misleading or outright false article, causing it to reach thousands, if not millions, of people. The reasons behind the creation and spread of misinformation are varied, but a few common motivations include:

  • Lack of knowledge: Some people create and share misinformation simply because they don’t know the correct information themselves. They may believe they’re sharing helpful or interesting content, but in reality, they’re spreading falsehoods.

  • Desire to deceive: Some individuals create and spread misinformation with the intent to deceive or mislead the public. This might be for political, financial, or personal reasons.

  • Pursuit of popularity: In some cases, people create and share misinformation to gain popularity or increase their online following. By creating sensational or controversial content, they can attract more clicks and potentially make more money from ad revenue.

The Dangers of Misdebunking

On the other side of the coin, there are instances where accurate information is mischaracterized or “misdebunked.” This happens when someone attempts to discredit a piece of accurate information, often for the same motivations mentioned above. By debunking a widely-held belief or a popular study, an individual might gain attention, followers, or even further their career in academia.

An example I mentioned in my Facebook post was the case of Quaden Bayles, a boy with dwarfism who experienced bullying. The video of the incident went viral, and many celebrities rallied behind him. However, some articles claimed that the boy was actually a grown man, which turned out to be false. The motivations behind the spread of this misinformation could have been a desire for clicks, popularity, or simply to cast doubt on the original story.

Navigating the World of Information Overload

In a time when misinformation can have life or death consequences, it’s essential for us to be discerning consumers of information. Here are some tips for navigating the digital landscape:

  1. Verify before sharing: Before you share a piece of content, take a moment to fact-check it. Look for multiple reputable sources that corroborate the information, and be cautious of sensational headlines or outrageous claims.

  2. Educate yourself: Continually educate yourself on the topics that matter to you. The more knowledgeable you are, the better equipped you’ll be to identify misinformation.

  3. Engage in critical thinking: Don’t accept information at face value. Ask questions, consider different perspectives, and think critically about the information you encounter.

The digital age has brought a wealth of information to our fingertips, but it’s also made it easier for misinformation and misdebunking to proliferate. By being vigilant and discerning in our consumption of information, we can help ensure that truth and accuracy prevail.

In the spirit of protecting ourselves, check out this throwback from 2014, when Jenn Scheffer invited me to chat with the parents in her district. I was surprised to see how much things have changed, but how much they have stayed the same.

Finally, I am excited to share that I will be presenting at Curicon! Join me for a leadership summit panel on October 25 at 5 p.m. Eastern. I look forward to seeing you there if you can make it!

 Alright folks, that does it for me. Thanks so much for reading!

Have a video to share or interested in being a guest blogger? Email me at [email protected].

Stay connected, stay curious, and let the sharing begin!

Best,

Sarah

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