HOW TO SPOT
SIFT (Four Moves) adapted and reproduced with permission and thanks to Mike Caulfield, "Director of blended and networked learning at Washington State University Vancouver, and head of the Digital Polarization Initiative of the American Democracy Project,"
Don't read or share media until you know what it is!
Is the source of the story legitimate? Are they reputable? Are they biased?
Verify the claim by checking a fact-checker or finding other (reputable) sources covering the same story.
Check the original context of the claim - do a reverse image search, search the exact quote (use quotation marks in your search field), find another source that replicates both the context and content
Does the claim or headline accurately reflect the linked article? Quick check with Ctrl-F
Videos, tip sheet and custom search engine links reproduced from MediaSmarts' Break the Fake: How to tell what's true online. Visit the MediaSmarts website for more information on digital and media literacy, videos, games and lesson plans.
Can you tell fact from fiction? Ready to check out your online news smarts? Test your knowledge with these practice questions and activities.
FIRST CHALLENGE: FakeOut
SECOND CHALLENGE: Reality Check (MediaSmarts)
THIRD CHALLENGE: KEEP IT GOING!
With fun games, apps and activities from 'Teaching Kids News', including: