Monday, July 15, 2019

Fake news

The Education Secretary warned today of the dangers of ‘fake news’ and the risks it poses to pupils following the publication of  Teaching Online Safety in Schools.

 

Key facts:

 

  • The government has published online safety guidance for schools, which includes teaching children how to evaluate what they see online how to recognise techniques used for persuasions and how to identify online risks.

 

  • This will enable children to recognise and respond to ‘fake news’ more effectively and to differentiate between misinformation and disinformation.

 

  • From 2020 we are making health education universally compulsory meaning every child will learn about internet safety and harms alongside the importance of mental wellbeing.

 

Why this matters

The internet puts a vast amount of information at our fingertips but makes it easier to spread falsehoods or disinformation which can destroy trust, damage learning culture, and sap curiosity.

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