The Pastoral Lead at ELAM (East London Arts and Music) speaks about the importance of ensuring young people have critical thinking skills when navigating the labyrinth of social media. Statistics show that 75% of young people aged 12-15 have an online profile, and the same number access news through social media or apps. Also 12-15s are as likely to be bullied via social media, group chat and text message services as they are face to face – but much of it is labelled as ‘banter’ rather than what adults would define as ‘bullying’. It for these reasons that ensuring students develop critical thinking skills is vital- it allows them to analyse, assess and conclude with clarity, empathy and logic.
There are 10 critical learning questions for global learning which helps develop these skills:
- 1. Where is [X] an issue?
- 2. What are the effects of [X] on people/environment/jobs etc. (as appropriate)?
- 3. What things can people do in relation to [X]?
- 4. Who has the power to make decisions about [X]?
- 5. Who does not have the power to make decisions about [X]?
- 6. Are there people who will benefit from [X]?
- 7. Are there people who will lose out from [X]?
- 8. How does your life/work link to [X]?
- 9. How do we talk about [X] in our community?
- 10. How can the effects of [X] be shared equally?
Watch this video to learn about this educator’s experiences.