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Media Literacy and Misinformation

Explore different types of media messages, learn how to better recognize different forms of content, and understand the techniques teens use to communicate.

The people your teens meet online often fall into specific roles. Knowing the roles in social media communities can help you understand the digital ecosystem in which your teens engage.

Let’s be honest, teens are watching what we do more than they are listening to what we say. If you want to teach your teenagers how to be critical thinkers, effective communicators and responsible users of technology, you are going to need to show them.

Like adults, teens need the skills to be able to tell what information is credible and what isn’t, when media or images have been manipulated, and take the time to establish good habits like not sharing things online that aren’t true or can’t be verified.

There is a lot of information on the internet, and it takes time and effort to know what’s true and trustworthy, and what isn’t. Like everyone, young people need the skills to spot misinformation online.

Tips from NAMLE on how we can create a healthy media environment in our home to keep our family safer and also take advantage of the opportunities available to us with amazing technological advances.

While deepfakes are becoming increasingly realistic as technology advances, detecting them is often done by looking carefully for certain information in the photo or video content.

It’s truly incredible the power that technology can give us to use our creativity and to share it with the world. But, as everyone knows, power comes with responsibility. It’s vital that we learn to create media ethically and responsibly.

How do we evaluate the authenticity of information presented online? And how do we teach our teens to do likewise? Learn strategies that you and your teen can use to help assess content and claims made online.