Fake News Affect Children's Concept Of Reality [VIDEO]
Fake news became a huge deal during the 2016 presidential election. With the hype of social media, reports emerged that the younger generation's view of reality is highly impacted.
Fake news reportedly boosted Donald Trump's campaign; thus parents are starting to get concerned as to how it can impact their children. The CNN released a report where it was mentioned that children are prone to believe fake news.
It is important for parents to educate their children when it comes to separating fact from fiction. It is easier for children to have access to fake news and biased media as they would often wander through their social media pages.
In a recent survey released by the Common Sense Media, it was revealed that 44 percent of tweens and teens confirmed that they know how to distinguish fact from fiction. Thirty percent, on the other hand, claimed that they shared a news online without confirming its validity.
The survey was participated by 853 children from 10 to 18 in the United States. The subjects were asked if they trust and believe a certain information disseminated from their news source.
It was revealed that 66 percent of the children believed the information they gathered from their family members. Forty-eight percent of the children stated that they trust their teachers, 25 percent believed in news organizations and only 17 percent trusted their friends.
News being released into the public started to lose its credibility as it was mentioned that only 39 percent of the adults are confident with the information they are getting. One thousand participants joined the research and 23 percent of the adults admitted that they shared fake news.
Children, especially tweens and teenagers, are highly impacted with fake news. These age groups are often confused with the information that's spreading; thus it alters their views on reality. Despite the negative impact of the news on younger age groups, 48 percent mentioned that they are still interested in reading news.