“Just about anyone can produce a professional-looking website,” says educator Amie Weinberg. So how do students know if a website is accurate and trustworthy? “It’s important to separate the way the site looks from the actual content.” Empower students to investigate a site’s accuracy and authenticity with steps like checking the domain name’s URL, looking for links to and from other reputable sites, or researching a web author’s credentials.
Love this topic? See Youki Terada’s article on teaching students to fact-check online information, “What Fact-Checkers Know About Media Literacy—and Students Should, Too.”