STUDY: Majority of teens & tweens can't determine what news is fake

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Only 44% of kids feel they can tell the difference between real and fake news, according to a new study.

Nearly 900 teens and tweens were surveyed by Common Sense Media to get their views on news.

"Kids take the news very seriously. They know it's important to their lives. But many of them are concerned about issues like fake news, quote unquote alternative facts," says Common Sense Media CEO James Steyer.

The survey found most kids get their news from social media sites like Facebook or Snapchat.

However, those surveyed have a hard time trusting those sources and trust news from their family more than anything else.

Virginia Coyne, founder of NewsPop.net, a website dedicated to helping kids understand current events, says, "There is a lot of information out there. It's like a fire hose. They need someone to tell them what is real, what is not real, and how to modulate it."

For more information, head to CommonSense.org.

 

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