So many of our students spend time on social media or the internet. What's real? What's fake? What's parody? Since anyone with access to a smartphone or PC can distribute data on the web, it's getting harder to tell. As more individuals go to Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and other online hotspots for their news and data, it's much more vital that every one of us — particularly kids — figure out how to translate what we read on the web.
There's so much fake news online that Google and Facebook are beginning to effectively get serious about distributers of false or deceiving news. Advertisement driven systems are a dilemma, since they get cash when viewers tap on these stories — so the crazier the feature, the more cash they make. Most children and teenagers get their news from these sources, so they have to figure out how to view stories. Indeed, even little children can begin to consider some key media-savvy questions. What's more, as children grow up, guardians can help kids turn out to be pretty good at media literacy.
Here are a couple of essential questions to consider at whatever point you and your children experience a bit of media:
Who made this?
Who is the intended interest group?
Who paid for this? Who gets paid in the event that you click on this?
Who may profit or be hurt by this message?
Is this possible (and what makes you imagine that)?
Older children particularly may appreciate learning tricks to spot fake news. Here are a couple of things to look for:
1. Search for URLs or site names, paying attention to those that end with "lo" or ".com.co" — these are regularly attempting to seem like honest to goodness news locales, yet they aren't.
2. Search for indications of low quality, for example, words in all CAPS, features with grammar mistakes, intense cases without any sources, and sensational pictures.
3. Check a site's "About Us" area. Discover who makes the site or who is related with it. On the off chance that this data doesn't exist — and if the site requires that you enlist before you can learn anything about its supporters — you need to ask why they aren't being straightforward.
4. Check Snopes, Wikipedia, and Google before trusting or sharing news that appears to be too great (or awful) to be valid.
5. Consider whether other credible, standard news outlets have similar news. In the event that they don't, it doesn't mean it's not valid, but rather it means you ought to burrow further.
6. Check your feelings. Clickbait and fake news take aim at emotional responses. On the off chance that the news you're perusing makes you truly furious or super pompous, it could be an indication that you're being played. Check various sources before trusting.
Erin Holland is the Curriculum Coordinator at Lockport 91.
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