Young people get a huge amount of their news from social media feeds, where false, exaggerated or sponsored content is often prevalent.
With the right tools, caregivers can give kids the knowledge they need to assess credible information for themselves. Being able to identify the trustworthiness of information is an important concern for everyone.
Yet the sheer volume of material online and the speed at which it travels has made this an increasingly challenging task. Platforms like Twitter and Facebook provide a loudspeaker to anyone who can attract followers, no matter what their message or content.
Fake news has the power to normalise prejudices, to dictate us-versus-them mentalities and even, in extreme cases, to justify and encourageviolence. We have become obsessed with getting kids off their devices at the expense of developing their understanding of the online world.
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