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Episode Info: Episode 58: How to teach your kids to identify fake news In this episode, I suggest a number of ways for you to teach your kids to identify fake news. To start, it would be useful to listen to this Planet Money episode, Finding the Fake News King, in which they trace a piece of fake news back to the person who created it. The ideas below are all taught in our sponsor, FundaFunda Academy’s Computer Applications class which covers digital literacy as well as computer skills. These two articles are both good to read: Quick Ways to Spot Fake NewsHow to Spot Fake News and Teach Kids to be Media Savvy The main points in the articles above are: 1. Look for unusual URLs 2. Does it sound too good to be true? 3. Go to the source of questionable articles and see what else they are publishing. Look at their About Me page 4. Do a reverse image search for images used in the article to see their origin 5. Do they cite sources? 6. Grammar and spelling issues 7. How does it make you feel? If you are feeling extreme emotions, good chance it is fake news If you think it is fake new – how can you check? 1. Visit these websites and check if the article is mentioned there: Snopes, Politifact, FactCheck 2. See if the website is on this list of fake news sites Resources to teach your children how to identify fake news Sutori has a quiz your children can take to see if they can identify fake news, and then lots of other resources on the topic too. Factitious is a game where you swipe left or right depending on if you think the article is fake or not. There are different levels which makes it great for the whole family. Newsfeed Defenders is a game from iCivics. Students play the role of editor and must decide which article to select for their newspaper each day. It will really get your children thinking. This is appropriate for middle and high school. Subscribe to the podcast so you don’t miss future episodes. And be sure to join our Facebook group where we can talk about this together. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the show and give a rating and maybe even a review! Contact Meryl via email on or connect with her on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook The post How to teach your kids to identify fake news appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network. ...
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