Help your kids spot fake news


In an era of Photoshop and viral stories on social media, it can be difficult to separate the real news and real images from the fake ones. (See the photoshopped image above for an example!) According to a recent Stanford study, as many as 90% of young people have difficulty determining fake news from real news. Many couldn't tell a verified news source from a fake news source on Facebook. Others couldn't tell the difference between native advertisements and actual news articles.

Furthermore, many young people are getting their news from social media, where flashy, but often inaccurate, headlines and sensational click bait reign.

That leaves it to us parents to help our children navigate a tangly web of news sources and images.

To help your kids spot fake news, it's important to read the news with them and talk to them about what you're reading. Let them know it's okay to talk to you about what they're reading in case they stumble upon something they are unsure or concerned about.