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Educators Take As Step Forward As Schools Educate Their Students on Fake News

Update Date: Mar 30, 2017 11:12 AM EDT

Schools in Russia and Europe already came up with a plan to tackle false headlines this year. Teachers educate their students on fake news and how it can potentially impact their personal relationships and their views on life.

News emerged that different schools are making a step forward as they educate their students on fake news. The Czech Republic high schools are focused on teaching teens to identify propaganda from Russia. As per Sweden on the other hand, educators are determined to equip their students on how to consume news as early as ten according to CNN.

Fake news is continually making a widespread and the government are already looking for ways on how to have it contained. In the United States, a Pennsylvania lawmaker proposed that public schools should offer mandatory media literacy classes.

"The sophistication in how this false information is disguised and spread can make it very difficult for someone, particularly young people, to determine fact from fiction," says Rep. Tim Briggs.

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, 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 as mentioned by Common Sense Media.

Parents might find if difficult to shelter their children from the news, may it be about tragedy, politics or entertainment due to a wide variety of media outlets. It was mentioned that parents should take time to talk to their children about current events, to gauge how their children react to what they see and year according to American Psychological Association.

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