BBC launch new resources to challenge young people to spot “fake news”
The resources are suitable for children and young people aged 11-18 and include online videos and lessons plans and an interactive ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ style game “BBC iReporter” produced with Academy Award-winning animation studios Aardman Animation. The game, which can be played on mobile, tablet and desktop, aims to help young people learn to a range of journalism skills and experience for themselves some of the decisions journalists face – like checking facts and sources, selecting social media reaction and identify fake, false and inaccurate information. It gives the player first-hand experience of working in a newsroom facing the fast-paced pressures behind creating a captivating story, whilst maintaining impeccable accuracy, impact and speed and navigating the various pitfalls thrown up by potential fake news elements.
The game has been created with the help and input of BBC School Reporters who have helped shape the storyline and look and feel of the game throughout the design and build stages. You can play via www.bbc.co.uk/ireporter
They have also published films and lesson plans to use in the classroom which help to explain what fake news is and why it is a problem, look at sources and the issues around trust and tips on how to spot fake, false and inaccurate information. These resources are available here.
If you have any feedback or wish to know more about the project please contact the BBC via firstname.lastname@example.org