Fake news has recently been a popular topic, and teachers need to deal with this important issue in schools.
How could you teach it?
Start by asking children to visit this fantastic (completely made-up) website about a ‘tree octopus’!
Give the children about 10 minutes to explore the website. You could ask them to find specific information if you wish.
After, have a circle time in which you discuss the website. Ask:
- What did you think of the website?
- Was there anything strange?
- Did you believe everything?
Next, tell the children it is completely made up! Ask:
- What made it seem real?
- Should we believe everything online?
- Why not?
- Who can put things online?
How can we spot inaccurate information online?
A good way to teach children to spot inaccurate / fake information is to use the ‘Craap Test’. Here’s a worksheet I found online (from www.juniata.edu):
Have a go at teaching the lesson. Let me know how it goes 🙂