Ahead of UK Safer Internet Centre’s ‘Safer Internet Day’, psychologist and Internet Matters ambassador, Dr Linda Papadopoulos shares her expert advice on how to approach the topic of ‘reliability online’ with children – how to help them think critically about what they see online and what to do if they accidentally spread fake news.
The internet and social media have changed the way we learn about the world around us. Yet with so many sources of information, it can be hard to keep up with what is real and what is fake online. With so many sources of information online, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to make sense of what content is based on fact or fiction.
We recommend families to take part the ‘Find the Fake’ quiz; spotting misinformation and encouraging them to learn more about the issue in a fun way.
Our interactive and informative quiz ‘Find the Fake’; in partnership with Google, was created to test families knowledge on spotting fake news and encouraging them to learn more about the issue. It aims to spark conversations between parents and young people about how to recognise fake news and limit the negative impact it can have.
Dr Linda Papadopoulos said: “It’s increasingly hard to spot fake news stories in today’s world. Even reputable news organisations have found themselves reporting on fake stories in recent times.
“Fake news is dangerous because the decisions that we make in our lives are based on information that we have, and if that information is flawed, it means that we’re not making the best decision for our well-being and those around us.
“That’s why it’s important for parents to talk to their children about the issue, teach them critical thinking skills and media literacy. Together you can help them navigate their online world safety.”
Carolyn Bunting, CEO of Internet Matters said: “The theme for this year’s Safer Internet Day run by the UK Safer Internet Centre is particularly poignant. Unfortunately, fake news and misinformation are on the rise, and separating fact from fiction isn’t always easy.
“As well as following these expert tips from Dr Linda, we would always encourage parents to get children to think carefully about what they see and hear online. Help them check the source of the information and discuss the impact of reposting or sharing false information.
“You can also take our ‘Find the Fake’ quiz to test your knowledge and learn about fake news as a family in a fun and safe environment.”
Internet Matters ‘Find the Fake’ quiz launched today in partnership with Google. It aims to help families test their knowledge and learn about the types of fakes news, identify parts of content that are fake or misleading, and understand how fake news is written and distributed.
Test your knowledge and learn more about fake news by taking the ‘Find the Fake’ quiz here.
To learn more about fake news to support children head to the Fake News and Misinformation hub here.
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