Using the Internet: Evaluating Websites
Using good strategies will narrow a search but there will still be many websites to choose from. How do you decide? Knowing how to evaluate websites will help you make good choices.
When you are visiting a website, be cautious because anybody can publish anything on the Internet and a lot of it is not true.
To decide whether a website can be trusted, ask yourself:
- Who made this website? Factual information should be provided by experts on the subject and should list trustworthy sources of information.
- What is their motive? They may be trying to sell you something or they may have opinions they want you to agree with.
- Is it correct? Check sources and compare to other websites and information resources such as books and databases.
Task for K-3rd : Click here to read the NetSmartzKids eBook Webster's Gecko Goof
Tasks for 4th-12th:
1) Click here to view the lesson How to judge online information.
2) Click here to practice evaluating information.
3) Click on the images to visit each website below & decide if they are trustworthy or not:
Check for Understanding:
- Why do you need to carefully evaluate a website before you trust the information on it?
- Do you think that anyone should be allowed to put anything they want online? Explain your opinion.
- Video: How to Spot Fake News
- Video: Student Research
- Video: Evaluating Websites
- Article: Fake News or Real? How To Self-Check The News And Get The Facts
- Common Sense Media article and video
- Common Sense Media lesson: Identifying High Quality Sites (6-8)
- Google's Search Literacy Lesson Plans
- Teaching Channel Lesson: Using Critical Thinking to Find Trustworthy Websites
- Evaluating websites lesson with website evaluation checklist
- How to Spot Fake News infographic
- Posters: Seven Steps to Website Evaluation