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Spot and fight disinformation online – guidelines for teachers

What is real? What is fake? Nowadays it is hard to tell.

False or misleading information spreads online as never before and it is increasingly necessary to find reliable tools to tackle this problem, especially in the field of education.

As educators are a key part of this conversation, the European Commission has recently developed a toolkit which aims to give secondary teachers resources to start conversations with their pupils about the important topics raised by the threat of bad information and to help them separate what is real from what is fake when they are browsing online.

The toolkit “Spot and Fight Disinformation” comprises:

Through real-life examples, group exercises and case studies, students can gain knowledge on what disinformation is, how it works and how they should respond to it.

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This resource comes at the right time to support the eTwinning community, which in 2021 is focusing on Media Literacy and disinformation. Recently, the Spring Campaign provided inspirational material and new ideas on how to be smart online to more than 8,000 eTwinners who joined the Group activities, and more actions on tackling the phenomenon of disinformation are planned through the year.

Check the toolkit and learn how to spot and fight disinformation (available in all EU languages).