I was happy to see that the first text related to this theme was already known to me. This was published by Butler University. This Acrostatic poem :

T= Is it True?

H = Is it Helpful?


N= Is it Necessary?

K= Is it Kind?

This poster hangs also on my walls in the classroom and I saw it on a colleague of mine, De, who used it every year with her classrooms and I found it a great educational strategy.

Now I could learn also about the original source, which is Butler University, “Let’s Think Before You Post.”

I think that everybody should keep in mind this before posting something on their social media.

Another challenge for me and probably for many of you, is when you read different news or information online, how do you know if is it true or false? If the news has accurate information or is manipulating yourself in a certain way to believe what they want.

Of course in this stage, our research skills should be developed well and our rational thinking could decide if this is a reliable source or not, if this is a well-researched article or sensational news, etc.

It was very helpful for me to read this article Browse Authenticating Information (Media Smarts)


and Media Literacy 101 (Media Smarts), telling us how to evaluate and reflect on true news, and fiction from real facts in digital media.

Today I learned also two new words bot- from twitter bots, and social currency.

What is a bot?

“A bot is a software application that is programmed to do certain tasks. Bots are automated, which means they run according to their instructions without a human user needing to start them up. Bots often imitate or replace a human user’s behavior. Typically they do repetitive tasks, and they can do them much faster than human users could.”(What is a bot? from Cloudflare). I also found out that one of the most successful IT people, Daniel Dines, in Romania, is the “Boss of the Bots”, according to Forbes magazine. He was one of the cofounders of the UiPath CEO.

Related to social currency, I found out that pictures and videos are part of social currency and the people who are taking pictures and recording videos by themself are the creators, while the others who are reposting other’s people pictures and videos are the curators. This was an interesting article about that. Photos and Videos as Social Currency Online (Pew Research Center)

I think I like to be the creator. I like to try to create as much as I can by myself. Only if it is a field which I am not so knowledgeable, I research first, filter and try to pick the most relevant information. So I think I could become more knowledgeable in media literacy. My children and the new generation is far ahead of exploring media literacy.

But what is it “Media Literacy”?

Media literacy is”being able to access media on a basic level, to analyze it in a critical way based on certain key concepts, to evaluate it based on that analysis and, finally, to produce media oneself.” 

Talking to my children if they felt ever experienced misinformation, my son told me that he recently read on a platform Reddit that “Brawlstars”, one of his favorite games will not be available anymore for free to play. But because he knows where to check for reliable news, he went to check with a youtube blogger, KairosTime Gaming, who is famous for posting news about the big championships in brawl stars and he found out, that the Pass Brawlstar with money was fake news.

Luckily, I didn’t experience misinformation and I relayed on my close friends’ network, whom I know personally and I am connected with. Related to big political and social news, sometimes I am tired of so many negative news. I prefer to listen to the journal, The Economist because they are having good journalists who research more before they write something.

How about you, how have you experienced misinformation? How can you decide which are the reliable information sources?

2 Replies to “#COETAIL# THINK”

  1. Hi Simona,
    I couldn’t agree more, “believing what you want” seems to be the popular path most chosen. I think the questions you shared, are important key ones to constantly keep in mind. I found your breakdown of the Bots and social currency helpful, as that was also a thing I learned much about in this unit. My question for you, was about when you referred to “talking to my children” at what age do you begin to have these conversations with students/children? I don’t have kids of my own, but my 30 middle school students grade 6,7, and 8 seem to greatly need all of this in their education. What age/grade do you feel it is most appropriate to start these dialogues or is it as simple as soon as they get behind a screen?

    1. Hi Shalene!
      Thank you for your comment.
      My own children are almost 10 years old(on the 3rd of June) and 11y and half years old. In school, I am teaching elementary students, but nowadays I was talking more directly to my children at home than making a survey at school, so I was referring to my own children. But believe me, they are so curious to use the media, that they wanted to start their YouTube channel 2 years ago. They would like to create a healthy and fun cooking channel and sometimes they record in the kitchen some cooking shows. Yesterday they recorded how to make meatballs. It was fun.

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