Common Sense Media recommends that you keep the following questions in mind regarding any media:
Here are a few basic questions to consider whenever you encounter a piece of media:
(Thanks to Project Look Sharp for these questions.)
It's time to test your skills! Using the worksheet below, see whether you can evaluate whether the following websites are real or if they are fake.
The Greenleaf Pet Resort and Hotel
Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division
Use the worksheet below to help you navigate through these websites by picking up clues and information. Worksheet courtesy of the Media Awareness Network and ReadWriteThink.
The above infographic can be found at http://5304-presscdn-26-17.pagely.netdna-cdn.com/guides/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Evaluating-a-News-Article-Infographic.png
Further tips from Common Sense Media to help you spot fake news:
You might enjoy learning tricks to spot fake news. Here are a few things to watch for:
(Thanks to Professor Melissa Zimdars of Merrimack College for some of these tips.)
Scott Bedley, a teacher, started asking his students to examine seven different elements of a news article. If the information checks out on each of these points, it has a high likelihood of being accurate. Still, passing the test is not a guarantee that it’s fact.
The following files are screenshots from Slate.com, a popular website. Let's see if you can tell news from .... well, let's see what it really is!!
We'll spend some time examining features on the first screenshot of the site, and then get into a deeper analysis with the second screenshot.
Thank you to Librarian Susan Rose of the Chester E. Barrows Elementary School in Cranston for allowing me to use this page that she created!
Many thanks to the excellent resources available at CommonSense Media, especially for the article on their website posted on 3/20/2017 by Sierra Filucci. We are indebted to Common Sense Media for their high quality materials.
And for parents/families: