Kids consume news, but don’t know what’s real and what’s fake. Parents can help.
According to a study released Wednesday by Common Sense Media, a nonprofit that aims to help kids and parents navigate media and technology, about half of the almost 900 children surveyed (ages 10 to 18) said that following the news is important to them, and 70 percent said that consuming news makes them feel “smart and knowledgeable.”
However, the part of the study that should alarm the adults in their lives: These kids are fooled by fake news. That makes them distrustful of the news media, which is the very thing that can teach them about their world. Less than half of the children interviewed (44 percent) said that they can tell fake news stories from real ones. And of the kids who shared a news story online in the past six months, 31 percent said they posted a story that turned out to be inaccurate or wrong.
As you are for every other part of their life, be your child’s guiding light. Encourage their curiosity, but try to gently give them bumpers so they can follow their own route to the truth. Click here for more tips on how to do that.