Information Literacy is finding and using knowledge properly

What is Information Literacy? Well, simply put, you have some of it by visiting this site. You are looking for information. Hopefully the knowledge you seek is to help your child. If it is, then your child may benefit if you use the knowledge correctly.

It is the ability to look for, measure, categorize and properly use stuff you find in books, on television, on the Internet... anywhere. Another word for measure, in this case, may be filter. A filter can sift flour in order to locate and extract the larger chunks. Those larger chunks may have to be reduced in size or discarded depending on your purpose. however they must be addressed in some way.

So too is your experience with your information sources. Your must be able to filter out what is right, wrong, reasonable or down-right fabricated. The Internet is a prime example of where this skill should be taught to children. The Internet is not in an of itself an authority on information. Some sites try to be, and other sites are, but in general, it's full of blogs and articles and ramblings, even like mine.

When you read something from the Internet, constantly question the usefulness and validity of the information or opinions. It could save you and your child a lot of grief. When a child is able to do this, it's a wonderful thing. They are opening the door to thousands of new adventures.

They can also open the wrong doors. That's where you come in.

Although the Internet can be a valuable resource, there are predators out there so you must ensure that your children are not going to the wrong sites.

Many software programs are available to assist you with this. I have located one such program and made it available from my Why Care page.

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