Can You Trust That Link?

Can You Trust That Link?

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NEW BLOG: Can You Trust That Link? Teach Kids To Think Critically Abt Online Information #onlinesafety #digitalliteracy
Monday, September 24, 2012 - 11:25am


By Lynette Owens

In an age when everyone can author or share information to a mass audience almost instantly, it is more critical than ever to develop and sharpen our ability to discern the credible from the implausible things we see online.  This is true for students as well as adults.

There are many purveyors of false or biased information on the Internet – a company seductively advertising the effectiveness of its weight loss product, a politically-motivated organization hoping to persuade you to vote for their cause, a hacker attempting to fool you into clicking on something that infects your computer with malicious software.

Thankfully, among the mounds of information we find online, there is also the credible and the safe. It’s a good habit to have and teach others how to figure out which is which.   I believe the skill to do this is made up of 2 basic things: information literacy and information security.

Continue reading about trusted links on the internet here >>



Below are more resources and tips to familiarlize yourself with Information Literacy and Security:

What is Copyright? from

 The Center for Media and Child Health –

How to Teach Kids to Steer Clear of Cybercrime – from Internet Safety for Kids and Families @ TrendMicro

Staying Safe on Social Networks – security tips from Trend Micro

Lynette Owens is Director of Trend Micro’s Internet Safety for Kids and Families (ISKF) program.  As a pro-technology parent and Internet safety advocate, Lynette spends most of her time raising awareness and educating the public about the safe and responsible use of the Internet, recruiting fellow employee volunteers to get involved around the world, or volunteering her own time in her community.  For more on Lynette see:

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