Fake News

Just because you read about it online, is it real? Not always. How can you tell if it is real or not? Students are learning about digital citizenship which includes the ability to identify whether news if real or fake. Here are tips from the experts along with activities to use with students.

National Geographic Kids suggests asking these three questions:

  1. Does the story come from a newspaper, magazine, or website you've never heard of?
  2. Is just one newspaper, magazine, or website reporting the story?
  3. Is the story missing key information?

Here are five bizarre stories - can you choose the two stories that are fake?

Be sure to check out the National Geographic Kids Real or Fake Game Show videos too!

Google is encouraging "Savvy Surfers" through their free Be Internet Awesome Curriculum. Lesson 02: Don't Fall for Fake has six activities related to fake news.

Tips for Determining Fake News

Ready to dig a little deeper? Here are more tips to help determine if the news is real or fake.

  • Does the headline sound unrealistic? Don't believe everything you read!
  • Check out the URL. Does it have odd suffixes or substitutions?
  • Check the author's credentials. Skip anonymous news reports.
  • Make sure the headline and/or picture matches the content.
  • Consult and compare competing sources.
  • Fact check stories with sites like Snopes, Politico, and Politifact.
  • Dig deeper. Follow up on cited sources and quotes.
  • Be open-minded. Ask questions.