Teaching kids to spot fake news

It is important to teach our children to become critical observers of the world around them. There are strategies we can use to help kids identify fake news and approach information with a critical eye, so they can detect intentionally misleading sources. For example, we can help them develop search skills so that they’re familiar with fact-checking websites and tools such as Google’s reverse image search. We can also show them real-world fake news examples and challenge them to apply these techniques themselves, by tracking down the true origin of a viral image or video, for example.

Since educating kids is more than teaching them math and English, the EdCan Network has issued a fact sheet entitled How do we teach students to identify fake news? (PDF, 313 KB) - This link will open in a new window..

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The EdCan Network is committed to supporting the thousands of educators working tirelessly across the country to ensure that all students discover their place, purpose and path. It’s a trusted source for providing informed research and opinions on some of the biggest challenges facing educators today. “The Facts on Education” sheets are made available thanks to support from the Desjardins Foundation.