Why We Need to Teach Kids to be Skeptical of Everything

Just last week, a relative of mine posted an image on Facebook that grabbed my attention. I teach juniors and seniors in a Media and Design class, and our first project was based around image editing. At first glance, the photo just didn’t look right. The next day, I showed the image to my students,…

Teaching Kids About Healthy, Responsible & Impactful Uses of Social Media

This post contains excerpts from my newly released book, Digital and Media Literacy in the Age of the Internet: Practical Classroom Applications, which is now available on Amazon. Social Media and Mental Health A 2017 Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) social media study of 1500 young people in the UK from ages 14 to…

Student Online Privacy

What Educators Need to Know About How Companies Track Their Students   This post contains excerpts from my newly released book, Digital and Media Literacy in the Age of the Internet: Practical Classroom Applications, which is now available on Amazon. In the classroom, there is not much that individual educators can do about how companies and ISPs track their students…

Teach Kids How the Internet Works

Welcome to the first installment of my blog series focused on my upcoming book, Digital and Media Literacy in the Age of the Internet: Practical Classroom Applications. I always start the year with my freshmen making sure that they have a basic, underlying understanding of how the Internet works. I ask them to explain how…