Students 'Easily Duped' by Misleading, Fake Info Online

Students 'Easily Duped' by Misleading, Fake Info Online

The study concluded that 82% of middle-schoolers couldn't differentiate between sponsored content and news stories untethered to ads, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The authors of the study used a host of separate tests to determine their subjects' news judgment, each created to fit students' respective academic levels.

In the crucial final months of the election, Facebook engagement with bogus news stories outpaced legitimate news, according to BuzzFeed's analysis.

Teenagers browsing online aren't sure about what news is real, according to a Stanford study. This suggests, says the study, that they do not know what the phrase means. "The students were able to identify a traditional ad-one with a coupon code-from a news story pretty easily". The students then had to explain why someone might not trust this article.

The study involved 7,804 students, from middle-schoolers to college students.

Schools are increasingly shifting their focus to teach media literacy, but a dwindling number of librarians at schools across the nation have left some without resources and education in smart research tactics. In addition, close to 40% of high school students didn't bother questioning an unsourced photo of deformed daisies that had a headline on Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant.

For this goal, the researchers investigated how students evaluated online information such as blog posts, Twitter and Facebook feeds, forums and digital messages, among other content that help shape public opinion.

A study released Tuesday by Stanford University researchers has found that a majority of middle-age students were unable to distinguish between real news and fake news, raising questions about how social media site can prevent the spread of misinformation. It includes each of the exercises researchers used to measure students media literacy. A Google search on the issue will bring up multiple, wildly differing opinions on the matter, and some 60% of students failed to do more than just summarize the most popular results of the search, regardless of the source or any biases. "A digitally literate student has the knowledge and skill to wade through mixed results to find reliable and accurate information".