Some days back, when I was watching international news on the TV, my 10-year old daughter who had just came back from her school commented very casually…”Mom, why are you watching news? There is nothing but violence and natural disasters in the news – theft, fighting, earthquake and so on”…
I was zapped and taken aback by her so-innocent-and-straight-out-of-the-heart remark. Is this what today’s kids think about the current affairs? They are good as a student but beyond that how much they know about the world around them? Will they be able to make informed decisions without knowing about current affairs? Am I missing something as a parent?
When I asked her again about what she thinks NEWS is all about. She said, “Reporters and Photographers go around the world, capture serious incidents like terrorism etc. – sometimes some funny stuff also they capture and publish it on TV / Radio / Newspapers.” After saying this, she showed no further interest and again got busy with her own thing.
My daughter is an avid reader and she reads loads of books so I was always under the impression that she has fair idea of what’s happening in the world. What I didn’t know was – that she thinks only negative affairs means current affairs and kids as such need not pay much attention to this. These things are only for adults!
Am not an exception actually! As many as 63% parents are under the impression that their kids know about current affairs. In reality, 74% kids rarely or never read news as per the survey conducted by four Nanyang Technological University (NTU) students as part of a news literacy campaign, Join The Current. This survey included a set of 300 upper primary and lower secondary students and 300 parents.
● Top reasons include: Parents do not know how to, parents have no time
The term “teens” refer to pre-teens as well. (kids around 10-14 years old)
I can’t agree more with the findings actually! In the digital era of today, there is an Information Explosion and as a parent, we really need to help our kids to filter out the unnecessary and focus on the relevant information. Somehow, due to lack of time, presumptions, we might be missing this aspect.
What is Join the Current?
Join the Current initiative is a News Literacy Campaign that is launched with an objective to engage kids to develop interest and awareness in current affairs. It also hopes to make parents know the importance and relevance of current affairs for their kids.
- The team has produced a handbook, “The Current Compendium”, designed to introduce current affairs in a fun and palatable manner with heavy use of graphics and colorful design. [we are giving away 10 sets of this]
- Join the Current has conducted Curiosity Box Experiment, set up booths at Edusave Merit Bursary Award Ceremonies.
- They have also conducted school campaigns.
- Join The Current is also cohosting a series of literacy programs titled ‘Reel VS Real’ with the National Library Board for students aged 10-14. These programs are tailored to garner interest in our targeted age group through a movie screening and engaging games. News articles and current affairs topics are incorporated as activity materials to build the students’ information bank. This is a pilot NLB initiative to teach information literacy skills to preteens. If successful, it may be brought into schools island-wide.
- They have touch based with various newspapers to spread a word about Join the Current and make parents and kids aware. Here is an article on the Straits Times – http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/students-learn-about-news-and-how-to-get-it
- I am a parent of a primary school kid
- I feel the urgent need to make my kid aware of news, current affairs in the genuine manner and I don’t want her to learn about the world through diluted, twisted gossips / hearsay / rumors
- I want my kid not to lose curiousity and to ask me questions about current affairs
- I would like my kid to use the knowledge about the world around her to make informed decisions in the day-to-day life and act wisely
- I am of the opinion that my kid would use the current affairs knowledge even in school assignments, projects and exams. Example: in English compos.
- Along with my kid, I myself want to be in touch with the latest happenings in Singapore and world over – technology, politics, sports, entertainment and so on.
Find more information about Join the Current here –
and the Giveaway…
So are you a mom / dad? do you have the urge to empower your kid with the knowledge about the world around him / her? not sure how to get started?
Join our giveaway then. As many as 10 lucky parents will be getting this exclusive Join the Current bag packed with loads of goodies for you and your kid – vouchers, badges, stationery items, food n drinks, some other surprises and most importantly plenty of helpful resources to make your kid embark the journey of knowing about current affairs!!
1. LIKE Join the Current page [https://www.facebook.com/JoinTheCurrent]
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