Fake news has become rampant in today’s media. In that, the media, news reporters, and news sites have become biased in their reportage. News reporters and sites easily mislead and misinform their audience into believing things that are not factual. It has become a canker society is battling with. It is, therefore, important to increase our knowledge as well as create an awareness of the importance of digital literacy.

Marwick and Lewis in their book, Media Manipulation and Misinformation Online, explores in depth the vices in media and their effect on society. They discuss specifically how media manipulation leads to acts like internet trolls, gamergates, hate groups, conspiracy theories, among others.  Perpetrators of these acts are mostly bloggers, influencers and political groups who hide behind websites and mainstream social media accounts to misinform and deceive people, which leads to distrust in the media.

Claire Waddle, 2017

Thus, for us to be safe online, it is necessary to teach our students digital literacy from a younger age to prevent them from being victims of this canker. Teaching our younger ones to be critical of every news and news site will help raise a generation of critical thinkers. They will not just challenge what they read but also flash out unreliable sources.

In a post by Dr. Curos and Hildebrandt, they discuss four key strategies that educators can teach to help students combat fake news. I will adopt these strategies in my classroom to help promote high critical thinking skills in my students. This will help create an awareness of online behaviour. I will further support this practice with position statements and guides from the NCTE framework to help students understand more about digital literacy.

In summary, there are several resources and tools that can help develop and improve our digital literacy. It is, therefore, important to help our younger generation build a healthy online life before they get drawn into some of these conspiracy theories.

Additional resources for teaching digital literacy

KQED lesson plans, Fake news: A library resource round-u, Dynamic landscapes – Resources list, Lessons in critical thinking

Tools for flashing fake news

Sweetsearch , Politico, Factitious – A game about identifying fake news, Weekly News Quiz from the NY Times, Media biases

4 thoughts on “COMBATING FAKE NEWS

  1. Hello, I found your post interesting as you helped me understand more about digital literacy as it plays a role within the classroom and how fake news can take it tolls within society. The links you provided were amazing as they related to what you wanted your readers to understand about combating fake news. Thank you for sharing!


  2. Hey! Your post was very interesting and insightful. I really appreciated all the sources you incorporated into it. I agree that as educators it is important to teach children digital literacy so that we can combat fake news!


  3. Yeboah,
    Thanks for your post! I have not heard of gamergates before so thank you for sharing the link to explain this. I definitely agree that we need to educate the younger generation about how to detect fake news so they can become critical thinkers.
    Thanks for your thoughts.


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