Children and journalists alike should beware of fake news | Letters

Teachers must be given the resources they need to help children develop the necessary literacy skills to navigate online news, write Lucy Powell MP and Jonathan Douglas. Plus Oxford city council leader Susan Brown says it never threatened to fine homeless people

The rise of digital and social media is rapidly changing the way children experience news (Fake news in class: Teaching children how to tell Trump from truth, Education, 12 June), but children are not acquiring the literacy skills they need to survive and thrive in the digital age at the requisite pace. This is the finding of a year-long commission on the impact of fake news on children and young people by the all-party parliamentary group on literacy and the National Literacy Trust.

The commission found that only 2% of children and young people in the UK can tell the difference between real and fake news. This dangerous skills gap is not only driving a culture of fear, anxiety and uncertainty among young people, it is also threatening to undermine children’s democratic futures.

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