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A ClickView original series

Fake news – a danger to health, social cohesion and democracy or just a quick and entertaining way to learn about what’s happening in the world?

This important new series helps students to spot fake news and understand its risks by analysing examples of hoaxes, scams, sensationalism, spin, satire, and clickbait in six informative videos. Discover 5 videos with teaching resources, plus an interactive video to test student understanding.

Why focus on digital literacy?

We know that young people of all ages prefer to get their information online, not from books. There’s a disconnect between how they research for school, and what they consume at home or during their leisure time. Yet, many young Americans don’t have the skills they need to critique and decode the news media they interact with online.

More than ever, young internet users need to be equipped with particular knowledge and skills to navigate digital platforms, especially social media communities, in an informed, safe and responsible way.

Free cross-curriculum series:
‘The Digital Literacy Series: Fake News’

In an era of uncertainty, where social media and influencers have replaced traditional media as many peoples’ source of news, ClickView’s Fake News series will arm students with skills that they can carry into adulthood and their careers.

Digital literacy is an essential, everyday requirement for all young people, which is why this series is designed to be integrated across all subject areas. Students from grades 7—10 are among the most prolific internet users, as well as being some of the most vulnerable and impressionable. It’s important for them to understand the psychology of fake news and how it manipulates emotions. This new series is an essential resource for boosting middle school students’ digital literacy skills.

Discover all 6 full-length episodes, free to share with your students. Each episode comes with a pack of printable supporting resources for your lessons.

episode 1

What is Fake News?

In the past, news was written by qualified journalists and editors working for a limited number of known organisations. We consumed a daily newspaper or news reports. Today news is delivered on phones, tablets and even watches and …

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episode 2

Why Do We Fall for Fake News?

Human instinct to believe the best and worst in people and events, confirmation bias and ‘lazy thinking’ all contribute to making fake news easy to believe. Case studies about the false report of Pope Francis endorsing Donald Trump during …

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episode 3

How Is Fake News Created?

This video examines the most common ways to create fake news, such as maintaining a website that hosts misleading articles and using social media accounts and chatbots to share and reshare the fake or stolen information. It also explores …

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episode 4

What Are the Dangers of Fake News?

The growth of fake news across all media platforms has meant that people can make important decisions about their health, their families and political issues based on misinformation, or they miss out on the truth because they don’t know who to …

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episode 5

Can You Avoid Falling for Fake News?

Students will come away from this video with a clear plan of action and a set of strategic skills to be able to analyze and easily spot fake news. This includes performing a visual check of an app or website, reverse image searches, looking for …

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Try out the Fake News interactive video

See for yourself how ClickView interactive videos work. By incorporating a layer of inbuilt questions or problems to a video, interactives help test and track student understanding. Different question types include cloze activities, writing a short answer or identifying true or false options.


episode 6

Can You Spot Fake News? (interactive)

This video tests what students have learned by checking their ability to distinguish real news from fake. It includes such “news” as clickbait from ELLE magazine, Russia releasing lions into the streets, and the use of misleading images by news outlets. An essential resource to test what middle school students have gained from the rest of the series.

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What the research tells us

A recent survey[1] revealed some of the following key findings:

  • News consumption has become more frequent and social for young people.
  • Close to half of young people pay very little attention – or no attention – to the source of news stories they find online.
  • Young students receive infrequent lessons about how to critique news media.

What are the post-viewing outcomes for my students?

By watching and interacting with this series, your students will be better equipped to:

  • Digest news and information for their life beyond the classroom.
  • Identify and analyze different types of fake news.
  • Understand how persuasive and emotive language devices are used to spread false claims.
  • Consider the validity of various news sources such as apps and websites to make sure they don’t fall for fake news, or spread it.

How can I use the Fake News series in my classroom?

‘The Digital Literacy Series: Fake News’ is appropriate for all middle and high school students. The clips and resources will help you deliver lessons on analyzing and interpreting persuasive texts. Designed as an important cross-curricular resource, the fake news series is relevant to all subject areas.

About ClickView

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[1] News and Young Australians (2020), Western Sydney University and Queensland University of Technology