Article 17 in the UNCRC states that Young People have a right to access accurate information and protection from harmful information.
What is fake news?
You may have heard the term 'fake news', or even seen some misinformation yourself.
Fake news can be scary and make you believe negative things about the world which aren’t true. It often targets minority groups and spreads hate which can have real-world consequences, so it's important not to share stories you're unsure about.
How do I spot fake news?
Young people have a right to fair and accurate information. Here are some easy ways to check if you think you're reading something that isn’t true.
Check the source
Check the website where the story is from and see if it's a reputable source like the BBC.
Look at the author, and check for references and links to other news stories. See if the story is being talked about on other mainstream news sources.
News organisations have journalistic standards and ethics that are agreed in law, so they take special care to check sources.
Use a fact-checking website
You can use independent, unbiased fact-checking websites such as FullFact to make sure what you're reading is true.
Don’t believe everything you read on social media
Social media is a hotspot for fake news and it’s important to separate the fact from the fiction. If you see something you're unsure about, make sure to check the sources or ask an adult.
If you see something you think isn’t true, or offensive, report it through the social media site. There is usually a ‘false news’ option on all the main social media sites when you are reporting content.
If you feel unsure about anything you read, speak to an adult you trust to see if they can help you. If you'd like to read more about digital literacy or being cyber resilient check out our 5Rights and DigiAye? pages.
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