By Middle School Services Librarian Beronica Puhr
This winter, be safe with what you send over your digital device and where your devices end up after their lifespan ends.
Check out these digital titles available on Hoopla
- E-Waste in Guiyu, China by Shannon Berg (grades 3-6): Understanding what “e-waste” means and how Guiyu, China was affected by it.
- Fake News at Newton High by Amanda Vink (grades 4-8): Part of the Power Coders series, a group of friends will fact-check a school newspaper article that just went out to students.
Explore these websites
- Media Literacy Now (grades K-12): For parents, teachers, and children, Media Literacy Now is a grassroots website that emphasizes the importance of media literacy skills for today’s young adults. It is a leading national organization for media literacy and education policy.
- Pledge to Pause (grades 4+): Don’t let misinformation take over your perceptions. “Pause” (a campaign by Verified, a United Nations initiative) has us consider how misinformation can alter our moods.
Find tech recycling resources
- beanz Magazine (ages 8+): The magazine for kids, code, and computer science rounds up a list of links to help families find local electronics recycling centers.
- Electronic Gadgets video (grades 1-4; 2 minutes, 7 seconds; WGBH): A mini lesson on where the parts of your tech device originate from, and where it will, one day, end up.
- Kenya Takes on E-Waste Problem video (ages 12+; 7 minutes, 21 seconds; PBS NewsHour Extra): A mini video for older kids about the global impact of electronic waste and the toxic chemicals, which seeps into the land. Kenya, and other countries in Africa, are landfill zones for e-waste from Western countries. This video teaches people to think critically on properly disposing electronics.
Beronica is a Children’s Middle School Librarian and enjoys providing creative outlets for the tween community. When she’s not at work, Beronica can be found: reading, sewing, cooking, building, watching movies (especially horror), conversing in Spanish with her family, and spending time with her two rambunctious nephews!