Teach your kids to determine whether something they read on the internet is credible and reliable with this interactive PowerPoint. This is part of my series of interactive PowerPoints on digital citizenship.
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Overview of PowerPoint :
• Students learn that not all information they read on the internet is true. They learn about different types of false stories and several reasons people might want to spread them.
• Students learn 5 questions to ask themselves before believing or sharing something on the internet.
• #1 Does It Sound Unbelievable?- If something sounds outrageous, it probably is. Students learn to go to credible fact-checking websites to check if a story is accurate.
• #2 Are There Frequent Errors?- Frequent typos, grammatical errors, words in all caps, and lack of punctuation are red flags.
• #3 Does It Make You Feel a Strong Emotion?- Some articles are written to make you feel a strong emotion like anger so they can override your reason and manipulate your views.
• #4 Are Other Places Reporting It?- If you can only find one site reporting on a story, this is suspicious. Students learn to use a search engine to check if multiple sources are reporting on a story.
• #5 Who Wrote It?- Sometimes finding out who wrote a story can help you determine if something is reliable or not.
• Students learn that false stories are sometimes called "fake news." They learn what is and isn't fake news. Fake news is when false information is purposely spread. Fake news is NOT just information you don’t like or an opinion you disagree with.