An explanation of the reliability of websites and ways that you can check their information for accuracy. An example of the population of Australia is used. If you check a few different websites and they all say the same thing, it is most likely to be true. Websites found at the top of a search are often more popular but not always the most useful. It is worth checking the date that the website was written, who wrote it and whether it appears to be biased.

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Teachers could ask the children to answer some questions about a topic that they are studying. Children can look for the answers using a search engine. Try to choose questions that produce different answers depending on the website. For example, if you search for when the computer was invented or how tall Henry VIII was, the search engine produces a range of answers. Which one do they think is the most reliable or accurate?