Pupils ‘can­not spot fake news’

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - 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.

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