Be Sure to Stay Smart and Be on the Look Out for Fake News!

There is so much misinformation on the internet these days.  All readers of the internet must be aware of articles, websites, and fake news floating around the web that is not true.  There are lots of ways to spot untrue information.

  1. Be doubtful!  Just because it is on the net does not make it true.  Anyone can publish information on the internet.  Always assume what you are reading is not true.  Always find another source that backs up the information you are reading.
  2. Check and double check!  Look at who published the information.  Be aware that some news sources are more honest than others.  Be sure you know which sites to rely on and which ones you don’t.
  3. Look for the real story!  Fake news, information, and articles exist for a reason.  Start paying attention to why an article or information has been included on a site.  Many sites are looking for traffic to earn money from ads.  Those sites will do anything to drive traffic to their site including adding fake information.
  4. Use a Fact Checking Source that you trust!  Sites like Factcheck.org and Politifact.com are good sites that will help you decide which news is read and which is not.

 

Comment any sites that you have found helpful or trustworthy in your school research below!

Alexander Hamilton

Kids Can Make a Difference! When it comes to history, even kids, teens, and young adults can play an important role.  Check out this famous American to learn more hero.

Alexander Hamilton age 22

Screenshot (287)Alexander Hamilton lost his parents while living on a Caribbean island when he was just 13 years old.  To support himself and his younger brother, Hamilton got a job as a clerk.  He proved to be so smart that people help pay for him to go to King’s College which is now called Columbia University located in New York in the North American colonies.  When the American Revolution began, Hamilton at 19 years old, joined the rebels by serving as General George Washington’s chief staff aide.  He proved to be very valuable to Washington.  He later left to become a soldier on the battlefield. Later, after the war, Hamilton helped write the Federalist Papers and was a member of Washington’s first presidential cabinet.