Most of us like to stay updated with every little thing going on around the world and when it comes to something that is related to us, we show even more excitement. However, nowadays, there are chances that the information we get is not true or partially true.
Since we have started to rely comparatively more on the internet for staying updated, the intruders taking benefit of this may start to spread the wrong information to cause chaos among the community. And this spread of fake news is something that is known as digital misinformation.
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In this scenario, it becomes more than important to teach our young ones to make an evident difference between a piece of real news and fictitious news. During 2020, we ourselves witnessed that the real facts about coronavirus as well as politics were actually not the same as the facts shown on social media.
How media literacy can help?
Well, a large population relies on social media for gaining information about what all is going on around them. Thus, it is becoming essential to spread the word about media literacy and ensure that it is being practiced by individuals.
In fact, media literacy is the only way and capable of making a difference. It is something that gives the vision to know about the credibility of the content. There are different stages of this prospect which you need to go along with while dealing with any video, image, or written content available online.
Thus, to make sure that media literacy is followed at its best, I have listed down a few major things that you need to focus on to improve your vision about digital misinformation:
- Watch ‘The Social Dilemma’- this is in fact one of the best things you can do this weekend. This documentary is available on Netflix that lets you have a deeper insight into the hidden mystery behind social media platforms.
- Read stories to let children understand- every child is interested in listening to the stories told by adults. Thus, you can select one of the stories given here- https://www.cyberwise.org/post/6-essential-books-to-teach-kids-about-media-literacy-now and ask the young ones to read them. This will help improve their vision of media literacy.
- Practice careful search- whenever you make a search online, it doesn’t always mean that it is true and there is no parameter with which we can measure its credibility. So, we as a user must be watchful of everything we see and read online.
- Discuss, discuss, discuss- you can always discuss among your family members and children about n online content, its sources, and what information does this piece of content contain. Also, discuss its nature by figuring out if it is manipulative or not. Also, try to think of the consequences if you share this information, and later on, it turns out to be wrong.
- Avoid sharing content until you analyze it- after going through the content, if you are eager to share it via your social media profile, then I advise you to fact-check it and then come to a decision.
Being inquisitive about whatever you come across over the internet is a good idea and may save you from future difficulties. To avoid becoming the flag-bearer of digital misinformation, you must retain the things mentioned above in your mind.