Have you ever been scrolling through your news feed and come across a post that makes you say – “That can’t be real…”. You sit there reading through the article and the more information you read, the more you start to believe the story, only to find out a week or two later that the whole thing was some wild, made up ploy to entice people. Unfortunately, this is becoming a trend that is increasing with the growth of our digital world. So what can we do to protect ourselves from all of this made-up noise?
MediaSmarts has brought back Canada’s favorite fictional commercial persona, the Canadian House Hippo to help educate people about fake news and how to Break the Fake! Throughout this week, they have released videos surrounding the topic of media literacy and how to protect yourself from the spread of false information. With the internet being accessible worldwide, anyone can post anything online and make it look authentic, so it is crucial to double-check the information you find to make sure it is for real.
Check out these helpful videos from MediaSmarts and educate your family and friends today about how you can #BreakTheFake!