New BBC Game Teaches the Kids the Perils of Fake News

By Tom Pritchard on at

Back in December the BBC announced a new scheme that would teach the kids all about the fake news, and how you should always check Snopes before you go sharing outlandish stories. Now it's released a game to aid in that goal, and help people spot fake news.

BBC iReporter puts them in the shows of a rookie BBC journalist tasked with breaking their first big story. The goal is to produce a story that's tight, credible, and most importantly produced quickly. Otherwise you'll have to deal with the editor, and nobody wants to deal with an angry editor who's had to rearrange the schedule at short notice. It's a choose-your-own-adventure type deal, made by Aardman Animation, and forces you to challenge your sources, whether they're social media comments, pictures, and so on.

It's been designed for kids and their teachers, in an effort to show how to recognise which sources can be trusted and which ones are complete nonsense. Considering all the problems with fake news online, and the fact some people are willing to believe anything they read, it's kind of important that the youth are taught to recognise the difference between what's real and what isn't.

It also just so happens that today is BBC School Report Day, which involves journalists and editors heading to schools across the UK to offer workshops, skills, and insight into the goings on behind the scenes at a big media company. [BBC News]

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