How media literacy can help students spot fake news
Recognizing bias in news coverage is a form of media literacy. Realizing when the news is entirely made up, like these stories, is something else entirely.
Often times, these stories are designed to look like they came from legitimate news organizations and are simply meant to be shared on social media, creating confusion about the reality.
During the last election season there were reports of concerted efforts to spread fake news in order to influence public opinion. A recent Stanford University study of nearly 8,000 students showed they were easily fooled online.
The researchers found that young people’s ability to ponder the information on the Internet can be summed up in one word: gloomy.
How long have you been dealing with media literacy?