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Half of parents worry that their children cannot spot fake news, report finds

More than half of UK parents (52 per cent) believe that their children are not equipped with the skills needed to spot 'fake news', a survey of more than 1,000 parents has found.

The family news literacy report, commissioned by the National Literacy Trust, found that half of the parents surveyed were concerned about the impact misinformation and 'fake news' were having on their children and didn't feel they had enough support.

"Children and young people have the opportunity to find information from a considerably wider range of sources than their parents, growing up with the online world providing a constant and convenient source of news," said the report's author Irene Picton. "However, developing the skills and confidence to judge the reliability of information found online presents a challenge to children and parents alike."

Around 40 per cent of parents said they were not able to spot misinformation and many were concerned that the rise of non-conventional news platforms, such as Facebook and YouTube, had added to the problem.

The Be Internet Alert pillar of the Be Internet Legends curriculum may be able to help with some of this: it's designed to help children develop their critical thinking skills. The lesson plans teach children how to spot fake news, dodge phishing websites and evaluate what they see online. Find out more about the FREE Be Internet Legends curriculum pack.