Some information online is accidentally or intentionally wrong, misleading, or exaggerated. This may include online content such as:
- Adverts, ‘click-bait’ and paid-for reviews
- Edited or photoshopped images on social media
- ‘Fake news’ and propaganda
- Scams and fraud
- Viral hoax stories and chain messages.
In order to navigate the online world effectively, children and young people need to develop critical thinking skills and feel empowered to evaluate the reliability and purpose of information online, rather than accepting everything at face value. This will involve asking questions, checking a variety of sources, researching the origins of information and forming their own opinions and judgements.