From viral memes to so-called "fake news," the web is overflowing with information -- true, false, and everything in between. For many kids, this makes the web a challenging place to find credible and reliable sources. So what's the best way to help your students use the web effectively as a fact-checking tool? Here you'll find tips, resources, and practical advice on helping students find credible information online.
Can the web be your students' best tool in the fight against falsehood?
Show students where to look for credible information on the web. Explain that professional fact-checkers may already have done this important work for us. Use the resources below as references for finding vetted and fact-checked information.
With so much information on the web -- true, false, and everything in between -- it’s no wonder students have a hard time separating fact from fiction.
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Upgrade your students' Google game! Kids use Google every day, but do they really know how to use it effectively? Empower students with these tips and tricks to make their Google searches give them better -- and more factual -- results.
Google is great for fact-checking -- but only if you know how to use it! Help your students learn how a reverse image search works. Then, have them use this skill to verify -- or debunk -- the veracity of any image they find on the web.
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Make news literacy part of your web-literacy lessons. Help students understand the distinctions among news-literacy issues such as bias, credibility, satire, propaganda, and even intentionally false stories. The resources below are a good place to start.
This NBC News report offers students a window into how the so-called "fake news"...Source: NBC News (via YouTube)
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Beyond web literacy, here are some of the other media-literacy resources we offer, both here on Common Sense Education as well as on Common Sense Media, our site for parents and kids.
From Common Sense Media's Parenting blog, advice on helping kids distinguish fact from...Source: Common Sense Media