Mazu encourages our users to think about what they post online. One of our core values is “Truth” and we encourage our users to make sure everything they post is truthful. This is not the case with the rest of the internet. Fake news has been a hot topic over the past few years and an important one. Now fake news isn’t a new topic or concern (do you remember the House Hippo advertisements that ran in 1999?) but we now live in a time where the internet is where most people get their information. As adults we know that there is a myriad of misinformation that can be found online, but how do we teach our kids that not everything they read is the truth? Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook are filled with advertisements, clickbait articles, and internet trolls, all designed to be convincing and appear legitimate; so how do we teach our kids to evaluate the information they come across find online? This is one of the many challenges of raising the digital generation.

This week our 5 things to know is focused on fake news, and how to help your kids evaluate what they see online, because not everyone uses our Truth value when they post online. To keep things short and sweet, we have created our TL;DR takeaways for a brief overview of the article. To end things off, as always there’s a tip of the week and a feel-good story to get your weekend started off right.

This Weeks Top Reads

Understanding Fake News


TL;DR Takeaway

Most people who create fake news, generally do so to make money through ads. How do you make the most money off your ads? Create a headline that’s so reactive, you click it and share it. This allows information that is highly reactive to be spread fairly quickly by real people, who might not even know that what they are spreading around the internet is not in fact factual. There is no easy solution to the fake news, step one is teaching digital literacy.

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Stanford Researchers Find Students Have Trouble Judging the Credibility of Information Online

via Stanford Graduate School of Education

TL;DR Takeaway

Although this study is now a little old, the research findings are still interesting. Research is starting to show that our social media “fluent” children, actually struggle distinguishing what information on the internet. From advertisements, to news articles and identifying where information came from. Students focus more on the content of social media rather than where the source of the information. “Many people assume that because young people are fluent in social media they are equally perceptive about what they find there,” said Professor Sam Wineburg, the lead author of the report and founder of SHEG. “Our work shows the opposite to be true.”

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How to Teach Your Kids To Tell Fact From Fake News

via ABC Austalia

TL;DR Takeaway

Helping kids develop media literacy skills is less about telling them what to believe and more about encouraging them to question what they read. Teach your kids to understand different types of media, teach them to ask questions, teach them how to evaluate a source, and finally make it all relatable.

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Friday's Feel Good Story

House Hippo… Just watch 🙂

Tip of the Week

Teach Your Kids to Detect Fake News and Photos

via National Geographic

This is a great resource by National Geographic that runs through a few fun activities on spotting what’s real and what’s not!

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