The Search for Truth in the Digital Age
and Why It Matters
This generation has more information provided to them in any 24-hour period than any generation in history. Today’s teenager will be connected to hundreds of thousands, even millions of total strangers through mass audience live streaming and the young person WANTS THEIR APPROVAL. Many kids today are evaluating their success, even self worth on the number of followers they have.
Young people see the internet as a social tool where they can build relationships and be “discovered.” How do we teach them to evaluate the source of their online relationship(s)? It seems they don’t even know what questions to ask.
The Challenge: How do we teach young people to determine what is real?This is the first generation in a world without borders and many of the people they meet will lie to them. Some will only distort the truth. Some will tell an untruth. Some will tell them truth does not really matter. Some will say it is OK to lie as long as it feels good.
Research studies have indicated that 85% of college graduates cannot distinguish the difference between a blog (a personal opinion), an ad (an enticement) and a news release (purportedly a fact). The 24-hour news cycle gives us an endless parade of talking heads each laying out their “personal opinion” as if it is fact. Soon there will be technology that can insert and remove images into live streaming altering our perception of what really took place.
It is critical to teach our young people how to evaluate information. Who is the speaker and what are their credentials in the subject matter? Is there research to back up a “fact?” How do you discern between a fact and an opinion especially as they are connected in the same sentence? What is the motive of the speaker? Without a solid understanding of how the internet works, the cognitive reasoning skills to recognize a pedophile. and the ability to recognize truth and deception, our children will be vulnerable to exploitation.
Join us Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 7:00am PST on Voice America Variety Channel or access the archived show on ExploitedCrimes.com as host, Opal Singleton, searches for the truth in this digital age. EVERY PARENT NEEDS TO LISTEN TO THIS SHOW!
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RESOURCES, LINKS and CASES:
- Portland man sentenced to 15 years in prison in online child pornography case
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