Why should I be concerned?
News and information about us and our world is a major force in developing a child's perspective and can be guidance for a meaningful life.
Children and teens are spending more time on social media and getting their news from social media which has many untrustworthy sources. Half of Americans get their news from Facebook! -Niemlab A recent Stanford study found that most students do not know when news contains mis-information or dis-information or comes from a questionable source. Read the details of the results of this study - Wall Street Journal
“In a statistical model that kept variables like Twitter followers and account age equal, falsehoods were 70% more likely to be retweeted than the truth. By almost all metrics, false cascades (retweet chains) outpaced true ones.”
Guarino, Ben. “Fake News Spreads Farther Faster Deeper than truth, study finds”. March 18
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."
(Yes. Together, we have lived and can only live through seeking truth even or only at the expense of our biases and ignorance).
Study: Most Students Cannot Distinguish Fake and Real News Wall Street Journal YouTube