Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

BBC announces 'fake news scheme' at Children's Media Summit

Huw Edwards and Kamal Ahmed among BBC journalists sent into schools as part of major 'fake news' education project BBC Will Educate School Kids On Spotting Fake News
Hannah Rogers | 07 December, 2017, 09:48

Fake news is a huge problem because while misinformation on the surface might seem like a small thing, it could lead to incorrect perceptions, which in turn could fuel one's prejudice towards a particular subject, race, religion, and so on. Apparently it's more complicated than checking a different news outlet.

The BBC is set to launch a new scheme aimed to help young people better identify real online news from fake or false information.

From March up to 1,000 schools will be offered mentoring in class, online or at events, with classroom activities and video tutorials.

The initiative, which also involves reporters Tina Daheley, Nikki Fox, Kamal Ahmed and Amol Rajan, will be delivered by the BBC's media literacy project School Report - a collaboration between BBC Academy and BBC News.

Harding added: "Some information is downright lies".

Concerns about the distribution of "fake news" have accelerated over the last two years, in particular during the 2016 USA presidential election & Brexit referendum campaigns. "And it's harder than ever when you look at those information feeds to discern what's true and what's not". There have been multiple times when I've found a seemingly-important story doing the rounds in the tech media, only to realise that it's a story that broke months earlier and hasn't changed since. You just need to think critically about the whole situation, and definitely don't exclusively rely on any single news outlet to learn about the world.

Social media is replete with the echo chamber effect: you follow those whose world views align with your own, creating a news feed where your own beliefs are constantly reinforced rather than challenged.


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