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.
Online propaganda, in many cases, can be indistinguishable from genuine, impartial news reports - putting young people at increasing risk of being influenced. Our bite-size explainer video quickly covers the essentials of this growing issue.
What is online propaganda?
Propaganda is the deliberate sharing of misleading information to advance an agenda, or to discredit someone else’s. In theory, the sheer size and scale of the internet should mean that propaganda is ineffective as lies can be easily debunked. Unfortunately, anyone can make a slick-looking website or video, which makes propaganda more difficult to spot. Social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat make sharing dubious claims easier than ever.
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.