We are currently living in an era where we need to question every article, images, and videos we see online.
Advances in technology have made it even more challenging to identify fake videos and images. Using such techniques misinformation spreads on social media.
If you and your family rely heavily on your devices to get your daily news then there are some things you can do to protect yourself from falling for a hoax.
Use the methods below to talk to your kids about fake images and help them gain critical thinking skills from a young age.
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When you get an image or video on social media, don’t just blindly believe what you see. Consider questioning the person who sent you the file and the content in it.
Look for any information that enables you to tell when the photo was taken. If not, are there any other clues? For instance, a friend posts a picture of a holiday to Australia now ( about 40 degrees C). Are people in the background image wearing summer clothes?
Is there any information in the picture that can state where the photo was taken? For example, you can look for a building or store name? Road sign language? Does the language confirm where the image was taken?
Try to look for inconsistency in lighting in a photo. Check if objects next to each other are lit in the same way. Is one duller than another? This is a sign of photo manipulation.
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Google Reverse Image search is easy to use and should be taught in schools.
Here is how it works:
This is another free tool that is similar to Google Reverse Image Search. You can filter results from “oldest” and see previous versions of the image you are looking for.
This is helpful when it is not a new image being taken.
Here is how TinEye works from your phone:
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Fake images and videos have led to violence around the globe, manipulation of elections and anxiety in general.
Help fight misinformation by equipping your kids with the right tools and helping them develop critical thinking skills.
Don’t forget to encourage children to check the source of information before spreading any news online. Always be critical with content you read online.
Educate your children on the way social media algorithm work. The news you see on social media is fed to you based on your previous consumption. This creates a string of stories that exposes you to articles that conform to your existing views.