Topic: Fake News and Media Literacy Program

posted by: Maday, Connie – ID

Perez, Sarah. Google’s new media literacy program teaches kids how to spot disinformation and fake news.  Tech Crunch. https://techcrunch.com/2019/06/24/googles-new-media-literacy-program-teaches-kids-how-to-spot-disinformation-and-fake-news/

Summary:

This article discusses a recent announcement from Google that it is expanding the digital safety curriculum to include media literacy.  The new “Internet Code of Awesome” covers key elements to internet safety and media literacy that is necessary in today’s world.  It includes teaching students to share mindfully, not fall for fake news, making sure to be safe with internet use, using kindness when on the internet, and always making sure to talk to an adult if there are questions or think that they are uncomfortable about. 

The listed key points in the article include:

Five fundamental topics of digital citizenship and safety form the Internet Code of Awesome:

• Share with Care (Be Internet Smart)

• Don’t Fall for Fake (Be Internet Alert)

• Secure Your Secrets (Be Internet Strong)

• It’s Cool to Be Kind (Be Internet Kind)

• When in Doubt, Talk It Out (Be Internet Brave). 

The article also discusses related classroom activities that teach students how phishing words, how to check credible sources, and spotting deceptive URLs.  The goal of the course is to “encourage kids to make checking all news and information a habit- not just those they think seem suspicious.”

Evaluation:

This short article provides helpful links that show that can be used for reference when gathering lesson ideas for “fake news” and working on media literacy.

Fake News Alerts: Teaching News Literacy Skills in a Meme World

Taylor, Diana

ID – Media Literacy

Ireland, S. (2018). Fake news alerts: Teaching news literacy skills in a meme world. The Reference Librarian, 59(3), 122-128.

Summary: In this article, Ireland addresses the need for students to have the skills to be able to decipher whether information is true or not. In today’s fast paced world of technology, most information is sent in less than 100 words, and readers view it as true. Ireland suggests that librarians can make their own memes and infographics to provide visual information to combat it. This article covers memes, what is fake news, identifying fake news, identifying reliable news sources, accessing sources, addressing bias and logical fallacies, and how to stop being part of the problem.

Evaluation: This was an excellent article on how librarians can help address the issue of fake news with students. Ireland provides us with all the necessarily terminology to discuss fake news and provides resources to post in the library for students to view.