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Are children equipped to navigate post-truth societies?

By Patrizia Faustini

01 Apr 2019

In 2014 the World Economic Forum called the rapid spread of misinformation online one of the ten most critical issues for our societies.

A 2016 Stanford study of 7,800 student responses from middle school to college highlighted discomforting results. Researchers found that students had a “dismaying inability” to recognize the difference between: fake and real news, advertising and journalistic writing, neutral and biased sources and fake and real social media accounts. Results of the Stanford survey “shocked” the researchers, they said.

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