Critical Thinking [noun]
‘The objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgement.’
‘The process of thinking carefully about a subject or idea, without allowing feelings or opinions to affect you.’
Critical Thinking is an important skill that all online users, but especially young people, need in order to navigate the internet safely and find accurate and reliable information. With the amount of content that is now online, it’s increasingly possible for a young person to find something that is inaccurate without realising.
Being a critical thinker doesn’t mean rejecting all information you encounter, it merely means not accepting information immediately at face value. Instead young people should think critically about the information that is in front of them, weighing up what they know to be true, asking questions, forming judgements and checking with others if they are unclear.
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