A recent study from Stanford showed 82% of middle school students struggled to distinguish sponsored content from a news story. And 59% of adults can’t tell the difference either.
Here are a few tips to help you become a fact checker:
- When you see an interesting story on Facebook, first google the source. With only a little investigation you can get a good sense of whether the organization is legit. It’s very easy to be misled if you just click through to the article.
- When investigating, don’t just rely on the entries at the top of the page. It’s not that difficult to scam your way to the top of Google search results. You can counter this by clicking around and checking out sources other than just the top results.