Fake News: Understanding the Reality and Supporting Children’s Critical Thinking

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Fake News: Understanding the Reality and Supporting Children’s Critical Thinking

This webinar will provide headteachers, designated safeguarding leads (DSLs), teachers and all school staff with an in-depth, expert understanding how fake news is created, what it is used for and how to develop children’s critical thinking online.

Fake news and the spread of misinformation on social media has grown significantly during the coronavirus pandemic. In the last five months alone, YouTube has removed more than 30,000 misleading COVID-19 vaccination videos which contradicted advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) or health authorities such as the NHS, highlighting the seriousness of the problem.

In this webinar, Carl Miller, co-founder of the Centre of the Analysis of Social Media at Demos who has first-hand experience of speaking to fake news merchants, discusses why fake news has become so mainstream, how it is impacting the world and what schools can do help educate children on keeping safe online.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding the real motivations behind publishing fake news and what drives fake news merchants to manipulate and deceive people online.

  • Recognising the tactics used to deliver fake news, what platforms are most popular and how it can make a significant impact on world events.

  • Identifying the process behind trying to spread misinformation and the market behind acquiring and selling fake news stories for profit.

  • Understanding the measures schools can take to help start the discussion around fake news and support children to evaluate what they see and how to think more independently.

  • Recognising how schools can support children to build their digital literacy and their resilience to fake news stories and developing a strategy to resist misinformation.

Carl Miller

About The Expert

Carl Miller

Co-founder of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos, author, speaker and digital technology expert.
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