Dear Parents, at parent information sessions held earlier this week and in my last COVID-19 update I mentioned the need to be careful where we access up to date information about the current COVID-19 outbreak in Europe. Social Media and many News websites rely on advertising revenue and boring news doesn’t sell papers! The Harvard Business Review published an article in 1995 titled “Why the news is not the truth” which looked in detail at the symbiotic relationship between journalists and governments and the ever spiraling disinformation and dramatization cycle this created.
At no time in our recent history have we needed more accurate, factual and balanced reporting of the news than is the case now with the current state of COVID-19. It is for this reason that we, here in school, only use certain online information sources to inform our actions. We rely on government portals both Polish and British and regularly monitor daily situational reports (SitReps) from the European Centre for Disease prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Links to these sites are all in the presentation I circulated on Wednesday.
The World Health Organisation have recently described the emergence of an INFODEMIC. They describe this as follows:
“Infodemics are an excessive amount of information about a problem that makes it difficult to identify a solution. Infodemics can spread mis and disinformation and rumours during a health emergency. Infodemics can hamper an effective response and create confusion and distrust among people.” WHO, 06.03.2020
In response to this WHO has established EPI-WIN, a portal which is designed to provide timely, accurate information from trusted sources: https://www.epi-win.com
One final link if I may. Many parents have asked about how we can support our children emotionally at this difficult time. On our website is an article on how we can help our children manage anxiety and I would urge you to read this if you need to help your child cope with the current INFODEMIC. The link can be found here.
I wish you all a safe and calm weekend,