Schools to teach children about fake news and ‘confirmation bias’, government announces

According to Independent, proliferation of false information sources can ‘destroy trust, damage learning culture, and sap curiosity’, Department for Education says.

Every child will learn about confirmation bias and online risks as a compulsory part of the curriculum as the government publishes new safety guidance for schools.

Teachers will have to help children learn to evaluate what they see online, how to recognise techniques used for persuasion, how to identify potential risks and how and when to seek support.

The education secretary said: “Today we will be addressing with social media companies how to curb the spread of misleading content on vaccinations. But this issue goes much further than that, and without firm action it is set to get a lot worse.”

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