How to talk to your kids about fake news

How to talk to your kids about fake news

We have a world of information at our fingertips. Anyone with an internet connection can be a reporter and can influence millions of people they'll never meet. It can be huge a challenge to figure out what’s true, what’s false, and what it all means.

In Spice! Leadership summer camps and the Facts & Feelings workshop for youth, kids develop their media literacy - their ability to assess whether things they see and read are trustworthy. 

We find these critical-thinking techniques are valuable for adults, too, and we like to come back to them when we’re deciding whether to believe something we see or read. We’ve seen smart, well-meaning people spread bad (even harmful) information, and we admit that we’ve probably been guilty of it ourselves.

Keep moving, keep growing

Keep moving, keep growing

You get one life, one road to walk down. Will you choose the more comfortable path, the tried-and-true? Or will you seek out challenge and adventure? Will you risk some bumps and bruises in order to try new things and reach new heights?

Your answer probably depends on something that psychologist call “mindset” - your habitual way of thinking about your own abilities. 

The smooth road is popular among people with a “fixed” mindset, who believe that their abilities and intelligence remain stable over time - either they’re smart or they’re not; they’re athletic or they’re not; they’re creative or they’re not. “I have good walking skills,” they’re likely to think, “but I’m not cut out for hiking and climbing.”

On the other hand, a person with a “growth” mindset believes that they can improve through continuous effort. They look at the rocky path and think, “that looks tricky, but I can learn how to cross it.”

Exercise Your Leader Muscles

Exercise Your Leader Muscles

magine that you have a goal to achieve with your team. You have to expect the unexpected, and make decisions from moment to moment. You have endless options but no clear rules about which ones are the best.

It’s funny how much leadership and improvisational comedy (improv) have in common.

When we hear the world "improv" we think of Saturday Night Live sketches and Wayne Brady’s hilarious songs on Whose Line is it Anyway? It's all about spontaneity, play, and embracing the unexpected. That’s why it’s so entertaining.

But actually doing improv? If you're like most people, you're probably thinking, “I’m not that funny” or “I hate public speaking” or “I’m too shy” or “I’m not that quick on my feet.” 

To which we reply: those are all great reasons to do improv!