BBC launches online game to help pupils identify ‘fake news’

The BBC has launched a new interactive game to help pupils identify “fake news”.

Developed by Aardman, the animation studios behind Wallace and Gromit, the BBC iReporter game is aimed at 11- to 18-year-olds, and gives players the experience of being a journalist working on a breaking news story.

The game aims to help young people identify false and inaccurate news stories by throwing in potential false leads and inaccuracies, developing pupils’ critical thinking and media literacy skills.

To mark its launch, over 100 BBC journalists, including Huw Edwards and Tina Daheley, will visit and deliver workshops in schools across the country.

“It’s vital people have access to news they can trust – and know how to distinguish between fact and fiction. Broadcasters and the rest of the news industry have a responsibility to tackle fake news,” said Fran Unsworth, director of news and current affairs at the BBC.

You can access the game here.

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