Misinformation and Fake News
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What you need to know
- Check the publisher: How or where did the story come from? What other information have they published and what do you know about the news outlet?
- Check the sources: Who does the news story quote? If they mention experts or other news outlets, you can search online to see if they check out.
- Check who shared it: Do you know the person? Are they qualified to give an expert opinion? Have they shared anything else trustworthy?
- Check the date: When was the article published? It might be old or reposted.
- Pay attention to images: They may not be recent and may have been reused (you can use reverse image search to find out).
- Be aware of the influence of social media influencers: Children and young people often look up to and follow social media influencers. It’s important to educate them about the potential for influencers to spread misinformation or engage in deceptive practices. Encourage critical thinking and fact-checking when it comes to the information shared by influencers.