Pupils ‘cannot spot fake news’
Only one in 50 school pupils has the critical literacy skills to tell if a news story is real or fake, a report has suggested.
Nearly half of children say they are worried about not being able to spot fake news.
And three in five teachers believe fake news increases anxiety levels among children, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Literacy report found.
Chairwoman Lucy Powell said there was a “dangerous lack in the literacy skills that children and young people require to navigate our digital world and identify fake news.”
The report added that lies in the media drive “fear and uncertainty”.
The APPG spent nine months speaking to pupils, teachers and academics.