Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia that is edited by users of the Internet.
Most information on Wikipedia is reliable but not everything is.
Because it is a type of website called a “wiki”, it can be edited by anyone who has an account, including you or your child.
Be cautious when an article says that some facts have not been checked yet.
Bottom line… Websites can look pretty and look reliable, but there are many factors to rely on when determining if a website actually contains good, useful, accurate information. Let’s look at some sites together to determine if they are reliable or not. Don’t be fooled by the “official” looking address of this site. Let’s take a look at what could be wrong. http://www.thomasedison.com/ Now, here’s a good one: http://edison.rutgers.edu/
Be sure to remind your child to credit where he/she got information. Part of learning to use information ethically is to say where it came from, even if your child is a 1 st grader.
If you use a picture from a website or book, you must also credit where that came from.
Sit with your child during research. Talk together about whether a website is reliable or not.
Encourage your child to think about the information they are gathering. This helps them to determine how to best use the information when it comes to project time.
Research is Fun! Working together from an early age on proper research skills leads to less frustration as children age. When kids know where to go for information and how they are allowed to use the information they have, they have a lot of fun looking for new facts and applying them!