Empowering Youth to Critically Analyse Fake News. Strategies of Intervention and Good Practices

ACOMI Ovidiu, ACOMI Nicoleta, ANDREI Elena Roxana, DADOMO Francesca, HOCQ Domitille, OCHOA SIGUENCIA Luis, OCHOA-DADERSKA Renata, PORCELLI Fabiola, RICCHIUTO Savino, VELASCO GARCIA Ana
2022 Zenodo  
In the context of the massive use of social media and considering the EU Youth Strategy 2019-2027 with regards to democracy, there is a strong need for skills to deal with misinformation, disinformation and fake news. A consortium of five organisations from Romania (Asociatia TEAM4Excellence), Spain (Solidaridad Sin Fronteras), Poland (Instytut Badan i Innowacji w Edukacji), Italy (The social promotion association Petit Pas) and France (CEMEA Rhone-Alpes) reviewed the international studies
more » ... youth behaviour on social media. It revealed that social media makes them feel included rather than excluded: 71% vs. 25% (PEW research centre, 2018). In order to acquire new skills or sharpen the existing ones, continuously learning is beneficial, because that specific outcome becomes a lifestyle, so hardly it can be forgotten. In addition, training is not only about feeding the brain, but the person as a whole. Consequently, training people on a common interest topic needs to be done by organisations with a holistic approach, rather than one-off activities, at three different levels: strategic, tactical and operational. The current paper helps youth organisations to develop and deploy strategies of intervention to fight against fake news. It does so at the strategic planning level, but also at the tactical intervention level. Moreover, the paper sets out a methodology to operationalise the strategy at the activity level, through non-formal education activities and tools, with examples of good practices across Europe. At the strategic planning level, the paper provides support to analyse the external and internal environment of the organisation, define its purpose in terms of mission, vision and values, set up strategic objectives with the associated indicators and targets and, finally, generate strategic options to approach the fight against fake news. In terms of tactical interventions, the paper identifies and expands on acting upon a range of strategic options, including training the trainers, gamification, regulatin [...]
doi:10.5281/zenodo.6549572 fatcat:ijpjpslfrvffbfktsdijml6kuu