Fake News: A Growing Epidmeic

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Fake news. It’s been around for awhile now, but never was really noticed until now. I recently read an article, Students Have ‘Dismaying’ Inability To Tell Fake News From Real, Study Finds, by Camila Domonoske and realizd that fake news was something that is growing in our society and that many need to be educated about it. Living in a world where people can just receive the latest updates at the touch of their finger is wonderful, but some abuse this power. It has come to attention that some people set up fake news sites, attempting to lure people in and with each click that the article receives,the more money the creator gets. It’s pretty easy to be attracted to these interesting headlines and some can’t help but click. In a study done by Stanford’s Graduate School of Education, resercherd found that nearly 80% of the middle school students tested could not distinguish between fake and real news and that many high schoolers would willingly believe a picture without questioning the credentials.

I belive that to teach students to distinguish for themselves between real and fake news, teachers should teach students how to research properly and also allow them to do it themselves. This way, students can learn and make mistakes of their own so that they can fix it later on. Technology is a great tool and when it is used in the right way, it can be an amazing asset.

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