Intergenerational YouTube Video Tool

In collaboration with the Estonian influencer and journalist Keili Sükijainen we produced three media and information literacy videos that can be used as an intergenerational learning tool.

The videos covered topics on 1) exposure to news and fake news, 2) intergenerational communication habits, and 3) influencers.

The videos contain certain topics and amounts of information that are in some points more familiar to teenagers and in certain points more familiar to the elderly. For these reasons the videos can be used as a tool to spark intergenerational discussion over the aforementioned topics.

These videos are accompanied by questions that for example a grandchild and grandparent can ask each other after they have watched these videos together.

How to use the tool

First, watch one of the three videos together with someone from a different generation, e.g. grandchild with grandparent.

Second, discuss what you saw, by asking each other the guiding questions that you find under each video. 

Video: What is an influencer’s life all about?

Ask each other the following questions to spark the conversation – be prepared to be surprised how much common experiences different generations have with influencers.

1) What is the most vivid thing you remember from this video?

2) What did you already know about freelancers and what came as new information to you?

3)Can you name any influencers?

4) Are influencers a recent trend or have they been among us for decades? Can you give an example from the past of an influencer or a celebrity who has had a big impact on people?

Video: Fake news and how to protect ourselves from it.

Ask each other the following questions to spark the conversation on fake news and information disorder. You may be surprised how much you know and how much we are actually exposed to misleading information.

1) Have you ever been exposed to fake news in the media or social media? What have you seen?

2) Have you ever been tricked by misinformation (i.e. misleading information)? Where did this information come from?

3) How do you check if the information is true or false?

Video: What is news?

Ask each other the following questions to spark the conversation on news media. It may surprise you how differently people interpret news.

1) What is news for you?

2) Where do you get the news daily?

3) What are reliable sources of information for you? 

4) What about friends, relatives and family members – how important news sources are they for you? How reliable are they as sources?

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