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Dealing with Fake News

The office of the e-safety commissioner has several suggestions when dealing with fake news.

They suggest being an online detective by:

  1. Asking lots of questions — question things that you see and read online
  2. Check information— if you think a news story or something online is fake, check it by doing your own web searches. Look to see if the same facts are repeated in other news stories
  3. Check images— if you think an image or video might be fake or not tell the whole story, search online to see if there are different versions of the same image
  4. Correct the story— if your friends are spreading fake info or news online and you know the real story, share it with them
  5. Is it too good to be true?— if a website or story is difficult to believe, or it offers prizes or something for free, then chances are, it is fake
  6. Are things not adding up?— if the way someone chats online doesn’t match their profile and who they say they are, talk to someone you trust about it