Cyber Literacies

Children need to develop agency in an overwhelming information and social media age, especially in distance learning environments during the pandemic. Many children are not only savvy with technology, but are also learning social skills, both online and offline. Yet, some children (and adults) struggle with distinguishing between opining on controversial topics from personal attacks and bullying. Many people also struggle with detecting fake news and propaganda. Teasing out bad arguments and faulty logic, such as straw man, slippery slope, appeal to the bandwagon, or ad hominem, is crucial. Restorative literacies can come up with ways to develop and manage both intellectual and emotional astuteness in a cyber literacy environment. 

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