A ClickView original series
Fake news – a danger to health, social cohesion and democracy or just a quick and entertaining way to learn about what’s happening in the world?
This important new series helps students to spot fake news and understand its risks by analysing examples of hoaxes, scams, sensationalism, spin, satire, and clickbait in six informative videos. Discover 5 videos with teaching resources, plus an interactive video to test student understanding.
Why focus on digital literacy?
We know that young people of all ages prefer to get their information online, not from books. There’s a disconnect between how they research for school, and what they consume at home or during their leisure time. Yet, many young people don’t have the skills they need to critique and decode the news media they interact with online.
More than ever, young internet users need to be equipped with particular knowledge and skills to navigate digital platforms, especially social media communities, in an informed, safe and responsible way.
Free cross-curriculum series:
‘The Digital Literacy Series: Fake News’
In an era of uncertainty, where social media and influencers have replaced traditional media as many peoples’ source of news, ClickView’s Fake News series will arm students with skills that they can carry into adulthood and their careers.
Digital literacy is an essential, everyday requirement for all young people, which is why this series is designed to be integrated across all subject areas. Students from 12-15 years are among the most prolific internet users, as well as being some of the most vulnerable and impressionable. It’s important for them to understand the psychology of fake news and how it manipulates emotions.
Discover all 6 full-length episodes, free to share with your students. Each episode comes with a pack of printable supporting resources for your lessons.
What is Fake News?
In the past, news was written by qualified journalists and editors working for a limited number of known organisations. We consumed a daily newspaper or news reports. Today news is delivered on phones, tablets and even watches and …Download lesson resources
Why Do We Fall for Fake News?
Human instinct to believe the best and worst in people and events, confirmation bias and ‘lazy thinking’ all contribute to making fake news easy to believe. Case studies about the false report of Pope Francis endorsing Donald Trump during …Download lesson resources
How Is Fake News Created?
This video examines the most common ways to create fake news, such as maintaining a website that hosts misleading articles and using social media accounts and chatbots to share and reshare the fake or stolen information. It also explores …Download lesson resources
What Are the Dangers of Fake News?
The growth of fake news across all media platforms has meant that people can make important decisions about their health, their families and political issues based on misinformation, or they miss out on the truth because they don’t know who to …Download lesson resources
Can You Avoid Falling for Fake News?
Students will come away from this video with a clear plan of action and a set of strategic skills to be able to analyse and easily spot fake news. This includes performing a visual check of an app or website, reverse image searches, looking for …Download lesson resources
What the research tells us
Recent Ofcom research reports revealed some of the following key findings:
Nearly a third of 12-15 year olds (28%) expressed concern of fake news when using the internet.
(2020 Internet users’ experience of potential online harms report)
Among 12-15s, 55% consume news from social media and by talking with friends.
(2019 Children and parents: Media use and attitudes report)
Half of 12-15 year olds said it was difficult to tell whether news on social media is accurate or not.
(2019 News consumption in the UK report)
What are the post-viewing outcomes for my students?
By watching and interacting with this series, your students will be better equipped to:
- Digest news and information for their life beyond the classroom.
- Identify and analyse different types of fake news.
- Understand how persuasive and emotive language devices are used to spread false claims.
- Consider the validity of various news sources such as apps and websites to make sure they don’t fall for fake news, or spread it.
How can I use the Fake News series in my classroom?
‘The Digital Literacy Series: Fake News’ is appropriate for all secondary year groups. The clips and resources will help you deliver lessons on analysing and interpreting persuasive texts. Designed as an important cross-curricular resource, the fake news series is relevant to all subject areas.
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