Do your pupils know how to discern fact from fiction?

Google answers 11 million questions from UK schoolchildren every day1. More than half completely trust or ‘don’t consider’ the reliability of the information2.

KS3 teachers and senior school leaders are invited to a FREE 2-hour online workshop to help develop classroom resources and learn simple web verification skills. Teachers can specialise in any subject, but must be working in England. Sign up for either Tuesday 13th October, 4-6 pm or Saturday 17th October, 9-11 am.

From September 2020, schools in England are expected to teach pupils “to be discerning consumers of information online3. This has never been more important. False and harmful content is already impacting children’s education, well-being and opportunities. Yet there is no guidance or framework to help teachers, and the few resources available are fragmented and often outdated.

Our research project, supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation will co-create resources – with educators – to help schools to embed these skills into the curriculum without adding to teacher workload.

At the workshops we’ll demonstrate the classroom resources we are working on and ask for your feedback and ideas.  Participants will receive a £20 Amazon voucher as a ‘thank you’, and schools will be offered a discount on the programme developed.

‘Digital Media Literacy’ (also known as Digital Information or Critical Digital Literacy) helps pupils discern fact from fiction online, find reliable sources and become better researchers.  It’s relevant in every subject area, yet it’s a concept that isn’t widely understood and there’s no clear place for it in an already packed school curriculum.

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Two-thirds of teachers (60.9%) believe fake news is harming children’s well-being.4

Only 2% of children have the critical literacy skills they need to tell if a news story is real or fake.4

Half of children (49.9%) are worried about not being able to spot fake news.4

“You don’t really have to search [news] up, it’s just there on Snapchat and TikTok.” Shaniqua (15)5

“If you can’t Google it, it doesn’t exist. Google knows all…” Red (18) 6

[Photo thanks to Pixabay via Pexels]

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Watch next…

Our co-founder, Shelley Metcalfe spoke recently at TEDx Macclesfield about the cost of careless clicks, how we are all part of the problem and what we can do about it.  Watch the talk here.


1 Internet Association (2019)
2 Ofcom (2019)
3 Department for Education guidance (2020)
4 National Literacy Trust (2018)
5 Ofcom (2020)
6 It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, danah boyd (2014)