Teaching Critical Literacy Skills to Combat Harmful Content Online | Primary

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Teaching Critical Literacy Skills to Combat Harmful Content Online | Primary

Webinar duration: 59 minutes (approx.)

This webinar will provide school leaders, teachers and support staff with practical guidance and advice on how they can support pupils to develop critical literacy skills and equip them with the ability to build their digital resilience against harmful content online.

Teaching critical literacy is an essential part of any pupil’s development. As their exposure to online content increases as they get older, the ability to analyse information, find trusted sources and create informed opinions are qualities that children must possess to ensure they can recognise potentially harmful content such as fake news, discrimination or hidden bias.

In this webinar, Elizabeth Kitto, former teacher, Prevent lead and UK government advisor, explores what is meant by critical literacy in an education context, why it’s important that teachers are critically literate and how they can support pupils to develop these skills in the classroom.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how critical literacy is defined with respect to education and how it links to DfE expectations and guidance.

  • Recognising how staff can ensure they are being critically literate in the classroom and what self-checks they can undertake to guard against bias or disinformation.

  • Identifying potential limits to acceptable behaviour and opinions in the classroom and what frameworks and legislation teachers must work within.

  • Understanding how to teach critical literacy and implementing a culture which actively encourages shared opinions and opportunities for exposure to different views.

  • Recognising how to tackle opinions that may have been informed by harmful content online and identifying ways to assess content in an open and honest manner.

Elizabeth Kitto

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Elizabeth Kitto

Elizabeth Kitto is an equality, diversity and inclusion specialist, and experienced Prevent coordinator.
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