Kids are famously tech-savvy compared to their luddite parents. But when it comes to fake news, they seem as confused as the rest of us.
Thirty-one percent of kids aged 10 to 18 shared a news story online that they later found out was wrong or inaccurate, while only 44% say they can tell a fake news story from a real one, research published by Common Sense Media finds.
“Fake news and ‘alternate facts’ were not a problem in society two years ago,” said Jim Steyer, founder and CEO of the non-profit, which promotes safe media and technology for children. “It has been deeply accelerated by the Trump phenomenon.”