Students Ability To Tell Fake News

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In today’s generation, due to a lack of preparation and understanding of fake news in our education programs, the youth seem to be putting all of their trust in the Internet and most cannot determine if a news article is biased or not; therefore, young people seem to be more susceptible to fake news. Teens use the Internet for everything these days, and they need to be well-equipped with many ways to determine real articles from fake ones. One huge contributing factor to the issue of youth and their being more susceptible to fake news is a lack of preparation in our education systems. In “Students Have 'Dismaying' Inability To Tell Fake News From Real, Study Find” by Camila Domonoske, Domonoske explains a recent survey conducted by Stanford University. In the survey, researchers have spent a little over a year analyzing student’s ability to evaluate the credibility of many online articles. They used students from middle school, high school, and college. Domonoske writes, “In exercise after exercise, the researchers…show more content…
In “5 Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News” by Sophia Boyd, Scott Bedley is teaching his students how to correctly determine if a story is real or not. Bedley explains he wants to teach his students to think carefully about the stories they read. Bedley wants his students to understand that fake news can be very subtle. Bedley explains, “It really hammered home the idea to them that fake news doesn't have to be too sensational," he says. "It can be a very subtle change, but that subtle change can have big consequences." Ninth grade teacher, Diane morey, is another teacher who is trying to educate her students about fake news. She believes that by exposing students to fake news examples, it can help them in the future with being able to pick it out. Morey explains, “Once you expose it to them," she says, "it's like a game for them, seeing, 'Hey, I'm not sure I can trust this.'
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