How to deal with misinformation

Tips and tricks to help you deal with misinformation

If you are concerned that your child has been negatively impacted by fake news online, in this section you’ll find tips on what conversations to have to address it, how to report it and how to stop it from spreading further.

4 quick tips to help your child deal with misinformation

Teach them how to report fake news

In addition to addressing the impact of fake news on your child, it’s important to make sure they know how to report it to stop it from spreading further and affecting other people.

Tell them where to get accurate news

Take some time to show older children how you choose which sites and apps to get your news from and explain why you believe they are credible. This could be a good way to lead into a conversation about how they get their information and why they think it’s trustworthy.

Use examples to show them what fake news looks like

Show them real-life examples of fake news online so they are better equipped to spot it if they come across it. You could gamify this by selecting certain posts on your social feed and asking your child whether they would share it or not and the reason why. You could then follow up with a discussion into the best ways to check if something is real or fake online.

Advise them to correct misinformation

If they have shared fake news with others, it’s important to correct their mistake and let people know the article or post was untrue.

What to do if your child has been impacted by misinformation

If your child is active online, there’s a good chance that they’ve come across misinformation. It’s important that you take the time to discuss this with them and give them the opportunity to ask questions about what they’ve seen.

As well as this, you can:

  • Ask your child to show you how they can verify information. This is an opportunity for you to help them build their digital literacy skills, as well as help them discover reputable news sources
  • Take the time to answer questions about what they’ve seen and show them how to correctly identify misinformation

If you’re concerned that your child has started to absorb conspiracy theories or more radical views, it’s important to encourage them to share these with you, without the fear of losing their devices. You can also explore our guide to radicalisation here.

How to report fake news on social platforms

Dealing with misinformation on social platforms can be tricky, but most platforms have clear community guidelines that allow users to flag misinformation when you see it. Teaching your child to report misinformation or disinformation can help make communities safer.

Resources and guides for misinformation

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