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Friends of eTwinning: Lie Detectors

Lie Detectors, the award-winning project that aims to turn schoolchildren into powerful lie detectors and critical thinkers is a Friend of eTwinning.

What's real? What's fake? It's getting harder to tell. Nowadays, anyone with access to a phone or computer can publish information online. As more people use social media and other online sources, it's even more important that all of us, especially kids, learn to decode what we read online.

In a world increasingly populated by propaganda and distorted facts online, Lie Detectors helps children to understand news media, make informed choices and resist peer pressure as they assemble their worldview. The project operates in Austria, Belgium and Germany, with more countries to follow.

Lie Detectors works closely with journalists and teachers to create memorable classroom experiences and lasting awareness of children's own participation in social networks. It deploys journalists, and selected media experts to teach classroom sessions, recruiting them primarily from alumni circles of recognised journalism schools.

The teaching concept is convincing because it not only speaks about fake news but it also addresses our weaknesses as journalists honestly. I learned at least as much from the children as they (hopefully) did from me.
(Sven Knobloch, Media Studies Professor at the University of Leipzig)

For all the great work carried out in the field of education, the project won the European Commission’s 2018 EU Digital Skills Award. The awards are granted to recognise initiatives that have improved the digital skills of Europeans at school, at work, for ICT specialists, for girls and women and in society in general.

Lie Detectors and eTwinning have built a strong relationship of cooperation during the last year. The project has been involved in the activities of the eTwinning Spring Campaign and eTwinning Weeks 2019 about Democratic Participation. They led a one-hour webinar that aimed to give teachers the tools necessary to address fake news and to integrate news literacy and source verification into classroom conversations. The Online Seminar: Tackling Disinformation in classrooms was addressed to teachers and educators working with pupils aged 10-15.