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Above the Noise

By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Videos help teens make sense of sensational news.

TV PBS , YouTube Educational 2017
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This educational video series empowers teens to develop critical eyes and ears for news. The hosts of Above the Noise model how teens can be thoughtful news consumers with healthy skepticism and informed critical thinking. Teens can learn information they can use when they hear questionable claims and stories in the news and -- better still -- they're often quirky and funny, which helps kids remember them the next time they see or hear suspicious news.

What really sets this show apart and raises the bar set by other teen-oriented news shows of the past is teen engagement. In addition to the real-life advisory board, each episode encourages viewer comments, which are considered for the follow-up conversation episode. In those follow-up conversations, the hosts talk about how they reported the story and discuss the teen questions. These conversations are an excellent way to continue teen viewers' engagement, and they give teens real opportunities to get involved. Above the Noise is a terrific resource for teachers to use regularly in the classroom, or for parents to point teens toward when they have questions about a current news topic, or if a fake news story has duped them. The information presented on Above The Noise can be valuable for everyone -- even adults.

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