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Looking out for fake news

NewsWise for families

Check the source, find out which news companies are reporting it, don’t trust all the pictures and watch out for rumours - try out our fun activities to become fake news detectives!
The NewsWise navigator will help you decide if you can trust what you are reading. Download it to use while you complete these activities
Become fake news detectives!
Can you tell real reports from suspicious stories? Try our new headlines quiz to find out!

Create your own fake or real paddle to vote!
Investigate two stories in more detail - can you use your detective skills to work out if they are real or fake?

Remember to check the source (find out where the story came from) and check the coverage (see if other news companies are reporting it).
Watch out for rumours disguised as facts!
BREAKING NEWS! A gorilla has escaped from London Zoo!

Can you sort out the facts from the rumours and guesses and use them to create your own breaking news bulletin?
Don't trust pictures on the internet!
Lots of pictures online are not what they say they are! Here are two common things that might have happened to photos on the internet.
1. Miscaptioning
Miscaptioning is pretending that a photo shows something that it doesn’t. For example the caption might change the date or place or pretend it shows a specific event when the photo actually shows something different or was taken elsewhere or at a different time.

Challenge: caption competition – what descriptions can you think of that would change the meaning of this photo?

This photo of plastic toy dinosaurs would be much more strange if the caption was: "New species of tiny dinosaur discovered!"

What might happen if people believed the false caption? Why could this be a problem?
2. Forced perspective
Forced perspective is making something look bigger or smaller than it really is by placing it nearer or further away from the camera.

Challenge: demonstrate how you shouldn’t trust pictures on the internet by showing how forced perspective pictures are made.
1. Take your forced perspective photo: make sure that the object/person you want to look big is close to the camera, and the object/person you want to look small is far away!

2. Take a photo of the object and person together showing their actual sizes to explain how the trick was done.

We’d love to see some of your examples of forced perspective photos – you can tweet them to @GetNewsWise.
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