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CRAAP – check your source before sharing

Internet literacy is a big deal and as we move more of our lives into the digital sphere, it will be more and more important to have a good grasp on how to sniff out bad information because it’s getting harder to tell these days. When in doubt, use the CRAAP scale.

This is a handy way to verify how trustworthy an online source is. It uses five different metrics to help the reader make a call on whether or not the report they’re reading is actually worth anything. It’s designed for use by students but since we’re all sharing media, it might be a good idea to check it out.

The simple questions it has us ask are how current and relevant is this? Is the source an authority and how accurate is the information they providing? Finally, what is the purpose this person has provided this information? These simple steps will help you get and share more stable information. Check out more information on the website.

Donyae’s love for technology is based on a need to survive our future robotic overlords. Know thy enemy as you know yourself. But since even odds are on the zombie future, she has also learned how to prepare squirrel. You can find her on Facebook until the robots – or zombies – rise up.

Donyae Coles – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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