Activity Introduction

There’s never been more ways to find out the news, but does it ever feel like you’re finding out too much or maybe just not enough about the right things? Track your news consumption habits for a week and then reflect on the way the news is shaping your mindset. Found some habits that aren’t doing you any good? Then you’ll explore some ways to change them.

Some kids will be able to work on this activity with minimal support.

This is a good activity for kids to complete independently.

Ideal for: Upper Primary, Lower Secondary, Upper Secondary

Themes: 

  • think and connect 

Time required: 20 minutes (but requires approximately five minutes to fill in a table per day for a week)

Curriculum connections: English, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability

Tips for Parents and Carers

This activity provides you kid/s with a tracker for how they are consuming news and how it makes them feel. This could provide a great opportunity to check in with children about how they feel about the current pandemic.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes: 

Resources Required

Learning@Home from Cool Australia

Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand-alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real-world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in remote or school settings.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Student Worksheet

News Consumption And Mental Health - Activity Instructions

There’s never been more ways to find out the news, but does it ever feel like you’re finding out too much or maybe just not enough about the right things? Track your news consumption habits for a week and then reflect on the way the news is shaping your mindset. Found some habits that aren’t doing you any good? Then you’ll explore some ways to change them.

Part A: Tracking Your News Consumption

Step 1. Write down four purposes for listening to the news.

Step 2. This activity requires you to track your news consumption for a week. You need to write down every time you view/hear about/read or listen to any news. The point of completing this table is to look for patterns in what you view, its topic and mood and how it makes you feel.

News platform

Positive, negative,
neutral news 

Topic

Time spent reading/viewing

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