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// Tool Storymaps

Tool description

Storymaps tool is a collection of stories with maps that present the issue of adolescents' confrontation with fake news in an interactive, accessible and informative way. In three chapters, it offers help to understand the issue of fake news, or more broadly, misinformation, encourages the discovery and understanding of such information, deepens knowledge on these important topics and provides a range of options for action.

Storymaps performs an important pedagogical task by guiding users towards solutions. It introduces organisations in Italy, France, Slovenia and Spain that deal with false information and teaches how to identify and defend against it.

Chapter one

Introduces the field of misinformation. "Fake news" is just one possible form of misinformation. Read some examples of fake news and, with the help of pedagogical initiatives, start to question how and why we share fake news with friends and acquaintances. 

Chapter two

In this chapter, you link information about perceived problems of adolescents (and perhaps your own experiences) with 'fake news' to additional contextual information (maps, data, infographics). This link can help you to gain a broader perspective or even to formulate pieces of possible explanations for the emergence of 'fake news' and adolescents' reactions to it. You can see three sets of information:

  • Examples of "fake news" from the Boomering survey

  • Infographic comparisons of the countries studied

  • Contextual thematic maps

The examples presented in the first of these three sets have been collected from the countries of the partner institutions of this project: France, Italy, Slovenia and Spain. To collect examples of fake news and how adolescents react to it, we used the Mapping tool, which is a platform for implementing a geo-information-based questionnaire designed for crowdsourcing voluntary information.  

Chapter three

Calls you to action - to get involved in the fight against "fake news". Some of the best ways to tackle fake news are to raise awareness about the problem of fake news and its consequences, to share and discuss fake news with others, and to change your thinking or behaviour to reduce the potential harm caused by fake news.

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