AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce School teens , ready to vote are exposed to a new on line media literacy program, endorsed by 350,000 teachers nationwide. In tests, the teens repeat falsehoods with out thinking about the news and views they’re sharing. The need for understanding media content is essential. The Social Media Platforms make money off of our clicks. Social Media Platforms want you accept data presented without questioning the source. Now our kids are taking media literacy courses. “Spending up to two weeks each fall, they explore falsehoods, prejudices and opinions, that lurk in information. They learn to trace the origin of documents and validate websites, by leaving it, consulting other sources and training a critical eye on the claims made by TikTok and YouTube influencers. “ The program is called “media and information literacy”. A new way to spot misinformation and disinformation and resist the temptation to spread the lies, leading to cultural polarization.

The Spread of Misinformation and Falsehoods

• Russia’s Falsehoods Linger: Of the Kremlin’s many unfounded claims, those accusing the United States of making secret bioweapons in Ukraine are the most enduring around the world.

• A Legal Remedy?: A new bill could make California the first state to punish doctors for spreading false information about Covid-19 vaccines and treatments.

• Global Threat: New research shows that nearly three-quarters of respondents across 19 countries with advanced economies are very concerned about false information online.

• Web of Lies: Researchers looked at thousands of spider news stories to study how sensationalized information spreads. Their findings could be broadly applicable.

Federal and state legislators have tried in recent years to support media literacy in public schools. Five states, including Colorado, passed language since early 2020 that required education departments to take steps such as providing literacy resources and revising learning standards, according to the nonprofit group Media Literacy Now. Many of the existing laws amount to legislative endorsements of the need for literacy education rather than actual mandates. Only one state, Illinois, requires that high school students be taught how to gain access to and analyze media messages.

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