Posted: Thursday 7th May 2020
...and how to help children separate real news from fake news
There is a lot of "Fake News" around at the moment about COVID-19 which can e both misleading and rightening for children.
"Fake News" is a form of news which consists of deliverate disinformation or hoaxes spread via traditional news media or online social media usually created to influence political views or as a joke. At the moment, the Downing Street anti-fake news unit is dealing with up to 10 cases of misinformation daily about COVID-19. It's difficult for adults to tell fact from fiction so how can we help children to distinguish the truth from fake news?
We need to signpost children to reliable sites such as BBC Newsround, Channel 4, ITV, the NHS or the World Health Organisation when they are lookin up information.
A few tips to pass on:
- Always look at the URL of a site, is there anything peculiar about it?
- Does it link to any other websites, sometimes a reputable website can be one click away from an unreliable website which might be pushing unwanted political views.
- There are some tell-tale signs such as bad spelling and grammar.
- Just because one part of a story is correct it doesn't mean that all of it will be.
- Sometimes the pictures that accompany a story aren't true either and can be taken at a different time and place to the story.
Do help and guide your child to learn to be critical and think about what they are finding online. If in doubt then there are several sites you can use to double check a shtory out such as: