Digital Skills for Democracy

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At a glance

In this activity, students

•    think about the importance of making sure they have trustworthy information before they make a decision on a political or electoral issue;
•    explore a series of scenarios designed to teach five strategies for verifying information: find the original, verify the source, check other information, read fact-checking articles, and turn to places you trust; and 
•    reflect on the impact of false and misleading information in politics. 

Big idea

Citizens need to be well informed to make good decisions when it comes to political issues, especially when they are deciding how to vote in a federal election. We all need to make sure we can trust news and other information that might help us make up our minds when it comes to voting.

Subjects

This activity can be taught in a social studies, civics, citizenship or language arts class.

Level: 

Secondary

Time needed: 

60 minutes

This educational resource was created in collaboration with MediaSmarts.