Resources and research for teaching Media and Information Literacy
Who are we?
Inquiring Online helps children to navigate the online world, with classroom resources and research into children’s media and information literacy.
We are UK-based teacher-researchers, aware that e-safety is excellently taught in primary schools, while the essential critical thinking skills necessary for the digital age are barely touched on.
If you’re a teacher, we offer resources to help your pupils use critical thinking skills to efficently find reliable and useful online sources of information. We’ve designed the resources to fit into your computing/IT or subject sessions, with up-to-date guidance on addressing what pupils access on their mobile devices in their spare time or “facts” they’ve found on the internet.
Why is media and literacy information important?
The problem of fake news
Fake news has been identified as an issue in many areas of our lives, and the fake news that has emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic is just one example of this. During the first wave of the pandemic the BBC published a news piece indicating the deaths and damage that had been caused as a result of the public believing fake news. The BBC also runs ‘Reality Check’ pieces, debunking rumours about different issues. Recently, one of these pieces focused on rumours about the COVID-19 vaccine that were found to be untrue. Our resources help children, teachers and parents to understand and identify the issues around fake news.