The students will investigate ways to access community resources to seek help about health, safety and wellbeing.
Recap the previous lesson on media influences on our food choices. Focus the discussion on the positive media influences, such as ads that promote food that is healthy and nutritious. As a class the children brainstorm places where they might go to to access community resources to seek help about health, safety and wellbeing. Record their responses.
Discuss the the importance of applying criteria to online information to assess the credibility of the information. As a class, form a checklist (U1L11-12R1) of criteria to evaluate the credibility of a site and provide examples of ways to tell if the site is credible.
In pairs, the students are to research local health information sources and places where they access community resources to seek help about health, safety and wellbeing, and prioritise those that are reliable and trustworthy. Further instructions are available on the Local Community Health Resources worksheet (U1L11-12R2) Using available media and resources, the students share the information about local services that they have discovered. These can be shared at a class, grade or whole school level to promote and increase awareness of local community health resources.
It is necessary to discuss the importance of applying criteria to online information to assess the credibility of the information.
Some things to consider are:
- Authority (Is the author of the site trustworthy? Do they have the qualifications, expertise or reputation to be able to write this kind of website?)
- Scope (eg is the material at this site useful, unique and accurate or is it doubtful?)
- Format and Presentation (Is the information easy to access? Is the site cluttered with irrelevant links and ads? Can you easily browse the site?)
- Cost and Accessibility (Do you need to log in and / or pay to use the site? Is it available to view when you need it? Do all the links work?)
- Currency (When was the site created? Is it updated often? Is there a date on the site?)
- Coverage (Is the information on this site relevant to you?)
- Objectivity (Does the site show that it is biased toward one opinion? Is it an objective piece of information?)
- Accuracy (Are there any spelling errors on the site? Is the information correct? Does the information on the site contradict itself?)