This year Safer Internet Day focuses on the reliability of the Internet
Here are some Top Tips for Parents & Carers to enable you to discuss fake news with your Children:
Communication is the key to identifying online misinformation….
Talk regularly with your child about how they use technology and where they go for information online. Discuss who they follow, what types of adverts they see, and what stories they find surprising or suspicious.
Set an Example
Show your child how you question and evaluate online content….
If you come across a fake news story, or get sent a phishing email, discuss with your child how you spotted it and what you did. Why not ask them for a second opinion? Seeing a parent actively question and evaluate online content teaches young people the importance of doing the same.
Think Before You Share
Fact-check and reflect before sharing content, posts or pictures….
It can be tempting to share surprising or attention-grabbing online content with your child or your family group chats, but make sure to fact-check these links before you do. As it’s come from a parent, some children may believe it without questioning it.
Check In With Your Child
How does misleading information they see online make them feel?
False and misleading content online can be upsetting and confusing, e.g. harmful claims that target specific groups, or unhealthy lifestyle tips. Regularly check-in with your child about their online life and ask them how what they see makes them feel.
Seek Help and Support
Ask other parents how they address misleading online content….
Just as we ask young people to talk about what they are unsure of, make sure you do too! Find out how to get more support by visiting Childnet's 'Need Help?' page
You can find out more about Safer Internet Day here