How to Protect Students from Fake News

Student life, A life of learning and to fulfil your dream. To fulfil your dreams you need to be up-to-date. Since we all live in the 20th century and entering in the 21st century, the uses of the internet are increasing day-by-day.
While information can be found in various sources across the internet, an overwhelming majority of teens and pre-teens gathers their information from social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. A report by the found that the majority of surveyed Millennials (aged 18-34) cited Facebook as their sole or primary source of key news and other information.
Since social media plays an important role in our life and you also know that it carries advantage and disadvantage with it too.
Most of the times fake news is created to attract more audience. Websites post catchy headings to get a maximum number of website clicks in order to earn more money.

So let me tell you why fake news is dangerous?

How fake news is a danger, because in today’s world everyone wants their post and headlines to be liked more, to be viewed more, to be clicked more and for to fulfil this desire nowadays websites post catchy title. Creators of fake news carefully create attention-grabbing headlines that just attract a certain group of people to get the most clicks and ad revenue possible. The majority of information found within these fake news stories is misleading, if not demonstrably false, which can lead to confusion and conflict in the general population.

Here I am going to tell you some points that how can differentiate between fake news and genuine news ;

1: Identify the source 

Now, what I think facebook is up-to-date and surely it has many advantages but I advise that whenever you read news online, especially on Facebook, make sure to check the name of the website. You can also go through a genuine website of the news, there you can get the real news. Sometimes it can be a similar name to a famous news website creating an image of the original website in the minds of the readers. Teachers should organize classes on making it clear for students how to differentiate between real and fake.

2: Trust on teachers

A teacher is the real bank of news. You can just discuss that news with your teachers. Most important, Teachers need to bring social media in classrooms itself. Everyone is on social media, so if teachers spot news that is fake, they should bring the matter in class and discuss the same and also guide them on how he/she identified it to be fake. With the information of fake news, the teacher should also try telling what the real news is so that students remain up-to-date with current events.

3: Check The Site’s Appearance

Is the headline in CAPS? what kind of grammar and sentence structure has been used?  are there too much punctuation? Check if there is a  copyright or disclaimer? Does the site appear very basic (minimal colour/ design) and poorly organized? Are there too many ads? if there are too many ads, surely that can be fake news because genuine website just wants to serve quality to the readers not to generate revenue through it.

4: Newspaper- A good habit

You might have heard that reading Newspaper is very helpful and have pretty much advantages.
It is important that students should know the importance of newspapers and TV news and making them realize that the news that they read online either on Facebook or any other website is not reliable and cannot be trusted. Organizing competitions that would make them read the newspaper with interest can surely be helpful to build a habit to read and watch the official news.

5: Develop Critical Thinking

Teaching students critical thinking can do wonders. Teach them not to see only positive points in everything, but also criticize positively. When they would develop critical thinking, they would know, not to believe everything they are reading. When they would stop believing everything to be true. They would automatically, do the required research to in depth of the news.

It’s important for you as a student that you should remember how to identify fake news. Spotting fake news is challenging and does require some effort. However, with time and practical experience, you can become expert critical thinkers. Educators should also try to continuously refresh student’s knowledge of fake news. Update them on new tactics being employed by fake news creators to lure in readers.

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