Parental Controls and Fake News

Are your kids getting too much fake news?  If they are on social media, they mostly like are.  What’s real and what’s funny?  It’s getting harder to tell.  It’s critical that kids learn to determine what is real and what is not.  Parents can help kids become more aware of what they see and hear. Here are some tips –

  • Look for unusual URLs. For instance did the source come from cnn.com or cnn.co.com?
  • Look for grammatic errors in the source, mispellings, and bold statements. Legitimate news sources have editors and departments to make sure copy is accurate and grammatically correct.
  • Dig deeper and look for other news sources that are colloborating the statements. Look to see if it is just a repeat of the original article or if they have something of substance to add to it.
  • Do an image search for images in articles. You can upload or drag and drop to https://www.google.com/imghp to see if other articles are using the same image.
  • Check to see if they are relevant to the initial article.
  • Find out more about the news source. What does their about page look like? Do they have a lot of writters? Do those writters have tweeter accounts?

 

Son surfing the internet with web filters applied

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