Super S.U.R.E. Show (Parenting Special): Help your kids thrive in today’s media environment

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Media and technology are heavily influencing the way parents raise their children today. Join us at the National Library Board's Super S.U.R.E. Show (Parenting Special) to learn how to improve your ability to locate, evaluate and effectively use information.

As soon as our little ones are able to talk, they start asking a million questions about the world around them: Where did I come from? Why is that woman’s hair pink? Why must I eat broccoli?

Their constant why, why, why can test the patience of even a saint!

But even though their incessant whys leave us exhausted, we know in our hearts that we must try to answer all their questions as truthfully and as objectively as we can. At that age, parents are the main source of information for children, and they trust us completely.

But this changes soon enough.

NLB information literacy

As they grow, children soon turn to and rely on other alternatives — such as the internet and media — for information.

In today’s technology driven world we have an almost limitless access to information, and it is essential for parents to be able to help their children evaluate and identify what information is reliable.

And the National Library Board (NLB) is helping parents to do just that.

Expanding universe of information

The media is one of the most influential sources of information today.

The Internet, coupled with smartphones, tablets and other devices, has made information more accessible than ever and most children — not to mention adults — turn to the Internet as their first port of call when looking for any sort of information.

Watch the videos below to catch some of the highlights from NLB’s two previous Super S.U.R.E. Shows.

Growing up in the digital age

The sheer volume of information available today is both staggering and daunting. If we adults struggle with information overload, what about our children? Can we honestly say we know what is true, reliable and relevant to what we are looking for? We need to help our children — and ourselves —navigate these challenges.

Parents and children alike must be equipped with information literacy. Information literacy refers to the ability to locate, evaluate and effectively use information.

Information literacy allows parents and children to find credible information to support their daily research needs be it for school projects, work or leisure.

The NLB’s National Information Literacy Programme, S.U.R.E., can help you and your family achieve this.

Click on the next page to find out what S.U.R.E. is and how can it help you and your child in navigating today’s digital world.

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