This week Beth and Kelly talk about how fake news is affecting kids. The truth is, kids today have less trust for news sources than ever before. What can parents and schools do to help kids figure out who to trust in this topsy-turvy fake news world? Join us as we talk kids, fake news and stick around for some jams.
These past few weeks have seen a crazy amount of fake news, so we started by discussing a few of them. Beth discussed the story of immigrant children being given numbers at detention centers, a story that has been proven false. Debra Messing's post on Facebook went viral this week after a young boy was photographed in a t-shirt with the number 47 on it. Critics, such as Messing, indicated this was a sign that the detention centers (aka, immigrant child jails), were instituting a nazi-era program of numbering those detained.
The remainder of the post was indeed true, however, since posting the democrats listed have all signed on to the Keep Families Together Act that is still not being discussed in Congress.
Meanwhile, Kelly's fake news item is laughable at best. Let's take a look at this amazing piece of photojournalism:
Obviously, we're dealing with a professional here, but ICBINN is sorry to tell you that, alas, this is not a real photo. While the picture with Clinton is real, the other photos are not. And although Cosby did receive the Freedom medal, it was actually under George W. Bush, not Obama.
The main conversation this week revolved around the issue of how kids, especially tween and teens, are affected by fake news. In the UK, the National Literacy Trust - an organization that works to improve reading, writing, speaking and literacy skills in the UK’s poorest communities - published a report of their findings after showing more than 2,000 young people six news stories from different sources, two of which were fake. They asked them to determine which were real and which were the fake news. Only 40 kids were able to get them all correct.
The report also encourages efforts to boost critical new literacy thru discussion on stories from multiple sources - such as Vanessa Otero’s experiment with the leak story. A further exercise would be to include teachings on how news is made, the process of reporting, editing and publishing as well as opinion versus fact.
The BBC has released a game called BBC iReporter game - aimed at young people from 11 to 18 - that provides a first person look at the role of a journalist in BBC’s newsroom. The main questions the game aims to ponder are: Which articles should be published, which should be checked and which should be discarded?
Here are a few excerpts from Common Sense Media's report on how American kids are getting their news and how it affects them:
Kids, please don't get your news from youtube. Please see our handy guide, which Kelly made from information found on Common Sense Media:
Dietland is a dark comedy drama airing on AMC. The show was created by Marti Noxon, and is based on the novel of the same name by Sarai Walker.
Plum Kettle is a ghostwriter for the editor of one of New York's hottest fashion magazines. Struggling with self-image and fed up with how she's treated by her boss and society, Plum sets out on a wildly complicated road to self-awakening. At the same time, everyone is buzzing over news reports about men, accused of sexual abuse and assault, who are disappearing and meeting untimely, violent deaths.
Kelly's Jam of the Week: House of Names by Colm Tóibín
In House of Names, Colm Tóibín brings a modern sensibility and language to an ancient classic, and gives this extraordinary character new life, so that we not only believe Clytemnestra’s thirst for revenge, but applaud it. He brilliantly inhabits the mind of one of Greek myth’s most powerful villains to reveal the love, lust, and pain she feels. Told in fours parts, this is a fiercely dramatic portrait of a murderess, who will herself be murdered by her own son, Orestes. It is Orestes’ story, too: his capture by the forces of his mother’s lover Aegisthus, his escape and his exile. And it is the story of the vengeful Electra, who watches over her mother and Aegisthus with cold anger and slow calculation, until, on the return of her brother, she has the fates of both of them in her hands.
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