Anyone can produce a fake news story very easily. You can enter a false news report, a fake image, a pretend author, and even obtain a fake URL, just as when you use online tools to make a birthday card for a buddy. The final step is to just share it online.
Fake news is typically created by persons who want to make money via advertising. Such information isn’t always produced with an ideological agenda in mind. Many people have found that absurd stories, distorted photos, and other bizarre content make excellent “clickbait” and bring in money since readers can’t help but share the unexpected news.
However, false news producers are more than just a bother. It was discovered that a large portion of the fake news produced during the 2017 U.S. election was produced by teens in Macedonia, which may have influenced people’s impressions of the candidates. The teenagers discovered that the more partisan the news they produced, the more clicks it received, the more copies it received, and the more money it brought in.
Unfortunately, the same technological tools that can be utilised to produce high-quality, educational information can also be used to deceive. According to the Common Sense Media report News and America’s Kids: How Young People Perceive and Are Impacted by the News, the prevalence of fake news has made children exceedingly wary and distrustful of the news.
Kids care about the news, though, and want to be informed. When they read the news, they claim to feel more intelligent. Therefore, it is very important for us as parents to support our children in becoming media literate. In the modern world, imparting media literacy is not a luxury. There will always be people producing fake news and ill-intentioned individuals attempting to throw curveballs. Despite the fact that we may not be able to cover them all, we can provide our children the media literacy skills they will need to be smart consumers, critical thinkers, well-informed decision-makers, and self-assured judges of the information they see and hear.