The disinformation virus infects not only adults but also school-aged children. In fact, a 2020 survey conducted by researchers at the Université de Sherbrooke suggests that young people are more likely than their elders to believe COVID-19–related conspiracy theories. School-aged children are also vulnerable to radicalization to violence as well as to antisemitic and other hateful beliefs, which are often perpetrated on social media. We know that online hate can – and often does – translate into real world violence. Recognizing the dangers to which our youth are exposed, we can help educate them to combat these dangers for the good of both our society and the young people themselves.
Working together with parents, educators play a key role in training future generations to engage in the critical thought and genuine dialogue necessary for a flourishing democracy. To support teachers in this endeavour, The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs has made available a free resource guide providing links to classroom materials that pertain to key issues raised on this website: combating conspiracy theories, radicalization, and antisemitism; and building digital and civic literacy. The curated resources include backgrounders and engaging, thorough, and easy-to-use lesson plans for various grade levels.
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