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Making a handbook for the elderly to be aware of the media and COVID-19.

Today, the elderly are turning to social media more and more. But sometimes it can be a victim. Or sharing fake news without knowing Including the situation of COVID-19, Mahidol University together with the Thai Health Promotion Foundation to create a manual for the elderly. And prepare to be used in the senior school curriculum across the country

Elderly Day falls on 13 April every year. It was the same day as Maha Songkran Day, but in 2020 it was delayed due to the Covid-19 epidemic.

Nowadays, it is found that the world of the elderly is changing according to the digital world which has changed technology, economy and society all the time. Most seniors go online to fulfill their missing lives.

Most of the elderly in Thailand use social media without knowing it. The media most used by the elderly were Line and Facebook, with most of them found that the elderly were the ones who shared fake news the most, as some lost the ability to analyze critically according to their age. Therefore easily falls victim to fake news

The Emergency Decree prohibits the presentation of Fake News about the false or misrepresentation of the "Covid-19 situation" that is detrimental to the country. Economic stability Or cause panic to the public Imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years or a fine not exceeding one hundred thousand baht.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nantiya Duangpummet, Research Institute for Languages ​​and Cultures of Asia Mahidol University Project Principal Investigator "Older people do not take the media at risk That received support from The Office of the Health Promotion Foundation (Thai Health Promotion Foundation) recommends the spell "Stop thinking, ask, do" to be used as a tool for media literacy for the elderly as follows:


"Stop" is to restrain yourself. Don't be hasty in the information you get.

"Thinking" is thinking about the need, pros and cons, as well as the consequences.

"Ask" is to get more information by asking a friend of yours or from other media. Don't believe information comes from just one medium.

"Doing" is when thinking over and asking for more information. So decide whether to continue sharing or not

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nantiya said that in addition, he has also contributed to the preparation of a learning management manual for the elderly with knowledge of media. For use in senior school of the Department of Older Persons. Ministry of Social Development and Human Security 43 locations across the country To prepare to be a quality elderly as well

"Really witchcraft" stop thinking, ask, and do "can be applied to all people of all ages according to the principles of sufficiency economy. When we are affected by the economic impact of the Covid-19 crisis, it is "stop" before we buy and then "think" is it good or not and then "ask" to find out. And then decide to "do" whether to buy it or not. We hope that the elderly who pass the project The idea was introduced to the family and the community to prevent fraud. Or continue to be the victim of fake information "

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