How young people can recognize reliable health information on the Internet

In the practical test

And what does a 15-year-old tester say about it? She considers the level of difficulty of the tasks appropriate, “not particularly difficult, but not too easy either.” She comments on embedding the modules in the background story with the words “like in our English textbook”. Thus, storytelling is perhaps a somewhat overused stylistic device for the target group, but at least in this form it was possible to engage the tester in the course for a while.

How does a 15-year-old girl like video series? “Nicely done, but too childish for high school,” was the verdict. Gifted eighth graders may be an even more appropriate target group. The tester thinks that the teenage daughter is too stereotypical (“no one says, ‘swing'”), but the father appropriately “shudders” (ie, to embarrass others). She was annoyed that the heroes of the video series commented on the results of each quiz.

The topic itself seems fundamentally interesting to young people who are also concerned about fact-checking and the topic of fake news. The living environment of the young people also seems to be quite good, at least the test user immediately moved to the topic of health promotion on Instagram, which Romy’s father attracts. Comment: “Sports influencers are the worst.”

By the way, if media-savvy 15-year-olds block tracking in their browser, the course won’t run. This can be read transparently and in detail in the cookie policy, but a short note on the home page can help avoid a short irritation.

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