Social Media, Internet and Fake News

Safer Internet Day Tuesday 9 February

Safer Internet Day 2021 celebrates the amazing range of information and opportunities online, and its potential to inform, connect and inspire us, whilst also looking at how young people can separate fact from fiction.

When you access the materials you will also look at the emotional impact navigating a misleading online world can have on you as a young person.  There will be hints and tips to help you spot misleading content online.

In order to decide on a theme that was important to young people the Safer Internet Centre spoke to them about the types of content they see online and found fake news and inaccurate content to come up often. Young people said they saw:

  • ‘I see a lot of Fake News content, a lot of fake celebrity gossip, fake gossip (general)’
  • ‘Adverts on webpages showing celebrities with extreme weight loss transformations and stuff like that.’
  • ‘People on tiktok making up news, conspiracy theories’

When you access the materials you will also look at the emotional impact navigating a misleading online world can have on you as a young person.  There will be hints and tips to help you spot misleading content online.

What can you do to become more informed about this topic?

You can take part in a Safer Internet Day Quiz here

You can read about top tips for how to stay safe and positive online here

You can watch a video from BBC fact check about how to make sure sources you use are reliable.

You can find out how to mute your social media account here ( this advice was prepared specifically in relation to coronavirus, but the steps can be used in a similar way for other issues/topics)