Spotting Fake News

Spotting Fake News

[MUSIC] As information becomes more available to our students and adults I consistently hear from some of our teachers that they think that
computers are going to take over their job one day. In fact some think that their jobs are being
taken over by computers now. Nothing could be further from the truth. Nothing. In fact, the case is quite actually the opposite. We now need teachers more than ever to help
weed out all of the inaccurate information that our students read on the internet, particularly
fake news. An MIT study shows that younger people are
more likely now to remember where they can find facts online rather than facts themselves. So again, teachers are increasingly going
to be fact checkers for their students because of all the internet research they do. Interestingly enough, fake news isn’t really
new but has been used all throughout history. So we are not necessarily dealing with anything new here, for all intents and purposes fake news is really “propaganda.” But what we are dealing with are inexhaustible
volumes of it. So we here at BPS want to let educators and
students know some simple ways to evaluate resources and determine whether they are fake
news or not. So before getting into the technical piece
you must always consider these five questions when evaluating an internet resource. 1: Who created this message and what is the
purpose? 2: What techniques are used to attract viewer
attention? 3: What points of view are represented? 4: How might different people interpret this
message differently? 5: What is omitted? On the technical side you can look for different
things on screen that can help you to determine whether a site, page, or comment is fake news
or not. 1. Check the website url address in your browser, is it encrypted? Look for the lock on your chrome or safari
browser and look at the address. Is the domain name misspelled (
vs. Having a “.co” at the end of a domain
name is particularly popular with fake news right now. 2. Look for contact information on the site. Reputable news sources WILL ALWAYS have this. If there is none this is a big red flag for
fake news. 3. Looks at the ads, are they for pornography
or sexy? Do they have ridiculous bi-lines? If this be the case then this is another red
flag for fake news. And 4. Use a search engine to research an article
if you’re not sure if it is fake news. Some fake news is written incredibly well. So much so, that it is nearly impossible to
determine whether it’s fake or not in the span of a few minutes. Here are a few good websites you can use to
fact check articles. In the end, it will increasingly fall on teachers
to teach students about the pitfalls of fake news and soon students will have the skills
necessary to evaluate online news sources on their own. Be safe. Be smart! Thank you. [MUSIC]

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