ACTIVITY 6: Reliable Information

Tuesday 12th December 2021

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Festive Cheer
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Reliable Information

What is Reliable Information

For this Erasmus+ activity, we will look at the importance of reliable information. These days, information is everywhere and sometimes it can be difficult to judge how accurate or reliable information is. Always try to STOP, THINK, CHECK that what you are seeing, reading or hearing is accurate and reliable

STOP THINK CHECK

Stop / Think / Check
Always try to STOP, THINK, CHECK what you are seeing, reading or hearing.
Ask yourself, is it accurate and reliable information?

STOP

Read more than the headline. Don’t assume that a picture or photo is giving you the whole story.

THINK

Think carefully about what the information is for. See if the information is being reported anywhere else

CHECK

Look closely at the web address. Find out who the author, producer or publisher is.

Watch this short video clip taken from the Be Media Smart website which explains STOP, THINK CHECK
Misinformation

What's Real and what's not real?

Increased global access to cell phones with an Internet connection, as well as social media, has led to the exponential production of information and the number of possible paths for getting it, creating an information epidemic or infodemic. In other words, we have a situation where a lot of information is being produced and shared to every corner of the world, reaching billions of people. How much of this information is accurate? Just some.
Misinformation is false or inaccurate information deliberately intended to deceive.
Misinformation in a pandemic can negatively affect human health.
Many false or misleading stories are fabricated and shared without any background or quality checking.
Much of this misinformation is based on conspiracy theories.
It is key to break this dangerous cycle: misinformation expands at the same pace as content production and distribution paths grow. So, the very same infodemic accelerates and perpetuates misinformation.
Makes it hard for people, decision makers, and health workers to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it.

How to spot False Information?

 

There are a number of things to watch out for when evaluating content online.

 

Check the source of the story, do you recognise the website?
Is it a credible/reliable source?
If you are unfamiliar with the site, look in the about section or find out more information about the author.
Check the entire article, many fake news stories use sensationalist or shocking headlines to grab attention. Often the headlines of fake new stories are in all caps and use exclamation points.
 
Are other reputable news/media outlets reporting on the story? Are there any sources in the story? If so, check they are reliable or if they even exist!
Stories with false information often contain incorrect dates or altered timelines. It is also a good idea to check when the article was published, is it current or an old news story?
Are your own views or beliefs affecting your judgement of a news feature or report?
Satirical sites are popular online and sometimes it is not always clear whether a story is just a joke or parody… Check the website, is it known for satire or creating funny stories?
Infodemic
“We need a vaccine against misinformation"
Dr. Mike Ryan
World Health Organization's Health Emergencies Programme

So what is an

Infodemic?

An infodemic is too much information including false or misleading information in digital and physical environments during a disease outbreak.
Resources
The below short video is well worth a watch as it explains very well the dangers of believing and sharing false information.
Useful Links
Here is a list of websites where you will find information on the various topics that were covered in this Erasmus+ activity.
Zoom Details

tue14dec10:15 amtue2:00 pmErasmus+ Activity 6Reliable Information10:15 am – 2:00 pm

Our Partners
The CRC Erasmus+ Committee would like to thank the following partners in supporting this event.

Merry

Christmas

Wishing all Erasmus+ Participants
a Merry Christmas


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