At the end of the lesson students will think more critically about what they see and hear online and on social media, and consider the source of this information and whether they believe it or share it.
The term 'fake news' has become commonplace. This lesson helps young people to think about how it applies to them and their lives.
The vast majority are using smartphones, tablets and laptops to access material across the web - some of which will be true, but some will be inaccurate, false and even fake.
Again, most students use social media, often having accounts long before the recommended age of 13 (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act).
This lesson guides them through various types of false and fake news and explains:
- The BBC’s definition of false information distributed deliberately, usually for political or commercial purposes
There are two videos. Video 1 explores the different types of fake news.
Video 2 helps young people to check if something is real.
- Exercises 1 and 2 look at how easy it is to make fake news or re-tell the same story in different ways. Exercise 1 is low-tech while Exercise 2 is computer-based. You can use one or the other
- Exercise 3 asks young people to use their journalism skills to detect what’s real, what’s fake and who to believe
Lesson 2 will look at sources and who to trust.