Studies show that youth struggle to judge the credibility of online information. And when it comes to political information, youth often have prior beliefs that greatly influence their judgments. This problem is exacerbated by growing partisanship and distrust in the media at a time when content can be easily and quickly circulated around the internet. Research conducted by Erica Hodgin and Joseph Kahne explore these issues in the September edition of Social Education with their paper entitled "Misinformation in the Information Age: What Teachers Can Do To Support Students." Check out their work and click on the links below to access resources that will support youth to develop the skills they need to critically evaluate the credibility of online information.
The Teaching Channel's Deep Dive on Educating for Democracy offers resources that support students to analyze evidence, recognize multiple perspectives, and evaluate the credibility of different sources.
Youth Radio put together a list of instructions and an interactive quiz to help people spot the lies in their news feed.
If you're looking for additional resources to use in the classroom, the Investigate module of the Digital Civics Toolkit provides a variety of activities to get students thinking about how to understand and judge the credibility of online civic information.
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