We live in an age of 24-hour news, citizen journalism, continuously evolving stories, and influencers that have more power than elected individuals. As a result, with many sources of truth available, being able to distinguish fact from fiction or recognise the agenda behind a piece of content is a valuable skill to learn and explore with young people.
Students will explore how to check sources, and recognise what different motives that might be behind a story
Question the authenticity of a claim
Exploration and challenging of confirmation bias.
It’s important to know where our own beliefs and values come from, but it is equally important to recognise that social media can create a filter bubble around us, affirming our thoughts.
Watch this video with the class and start a discussion based on its contents.
Using phones or tablets, working in groups, ask the class to open a browser in private or incognito mode.
Ask the class to google terms like 'mental health', 'healthy eating', 'ways to improve your life.'
Ask the class to visit some of the sites listed in the search results and take a look around these sites. They should look at ways to identify who created the content and investigate how they can be sure that the information is going from a trusted source.
This video is from the WOU. Although it is designed for university students, the information can be useful to your class.