It’s important to know about places in the world. Why? To make the world a better place. When you hear about a new place, find it on a map. What big cities are nearby? What languages do people speak? What is life like from day to day? This will help you make sense of the stories you read and news you hear.
Every person has a story. It might be about their past. It could be about their hopes for their future. When people share their story, they are telling you who they are. Be a good listener.
WAYS TO BE A BETTER LISTENER:
TRY TO UNDERSTAND. Don’t worry about having all the answers. Try to figure out what the person is trying to say.
FOCUS. Don’t be distracted. Give the person who is talking your full attention.
DON’T INTERRUPT. Give the person the space and time to speak the way they want to.
BE OPEN-MINDED. When someone tells you something, they’re trusting you with their feelings. Be respectful. Don’t judge.
SHOW THEM UNDERSTANDING. Let the person know that they are being heard.
Think About the Facts
Be a critical thinker. Think about facts. What happens when information is not checked? Then you have to find a source you can trust.
How can you trust a source? Ask these questions:
Who is the information from?
Can I trust this source? Why or why not?
Does this source have a reason for sharing this information?
What does this source get from my belief in this information?
Do other sources I trust agree with this information?