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Fake news harms children’s self-esteem and trust, say MPs | BBC News

Children with poor literacy skills struggle most to tell which stories are false, says a report.

A few weeks ago, Chloe, 13, shared a hoax story about the alleged death of a favourite actor, Sylvester Stallone.

“I thought it was real and shared it with family members. A lot of people were quite upset,” she says.

When the truth emerged that Sylvester Stallone was alive and well, Chloe says she felt stupid.

“I should have looked into it a bit more before posting,” she adds.

Chloe is not alone, according to a report from a group of MPs which says that falling for fake news can harm children’s “wellbeing, trust in journalism and democracy itself”.

The all-party parliamentary group on literacy heard evidence that fake news could make children more anxious, damage their self-esteem and skew their world view.

Read the full story on the BBC website: Fake news harms children’s self-esteem and trust, say MPs | BBC News

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