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Hoaxes and Fakes (UK)

How can you avoid being fooled by fake videos and other information online?

We know not to believe everything we hear, but what about what we see? Advancements in computer-generated graphics, facial recognition and video production have led to a world of viral videos that are often difficult to identify as fake. Help your learners learn to read what they see on the web "laterally" by showing them how to get off the page, check credibility and find corroboration.

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Learning Objectives:
  • Define "disinformation" and "misinformation" to explore the consequences of spreading online.
  • Learn how to use lateral reading as a strategy to verify the accuracy of information online.
  • Apply lateral reading to examples of questionable videos to determine their accuracy.
Key Vocabulary: corroboration  ·  disinformation  ·  lateral reading  ·  misinformation
additional source(s) that confirm or support the claims of a news story, article or piece of information
false or inaccurate information intended to deceive
lateral reading:
a method of determining credibility of online information in which you open multiple tabs to search for other information to validate the site’s claims
false information that is spread, regardless of intent to mislead
News & Media Literacy

Lesson Plan

50 mins.

What You'll Need

Classroom resources

  • Lesson Slides
  • Read Laterally for Accuracy Handout Teacher Version
  • Lesson Quiz

Take-home resources

  • Family Activity
  • Family Tips