At National Online Safety, we provide multi-award-winning online safety education for the whole school community. It’s our mission to make the internet a safer place for children. We believe that when children go online to learn, communicate or play, they should be able to do so safely. That’s why we provide schools all over the world with the knowledge they need in order to tackle new and evolving online risks.
The term "fake news" has embedded itself in the public consciousness over recent years - but who knowingly puts inaccurate stories online, and why? This short video explains why fake news exists and how it can affect young people in particular.
What is fake news?
Fake news can be false information, photos or videos purposefully created to misinform. It can be genuine information that has been manipulated to deceive. Children and young people should learn how to distinguish between real news and fake news so that they don’t inadvertently share something that isn’t true or believe something misleading.
For more information on the associated risks and online safety tips for parents and carers, watch our explainer video, available to those with a National Online Safety membership.