FAke or Fact

FAke or Fact Interview

Interview of Ilva from Latvia 

  • Can you give us your opinion about the project “FAke or FAct“? What is the most important thing you have learned during the training?

This was my first Erasmus+ project so i don’t have anything to compare it to but I think it was really fun and definitely worth it, I’m lucky that this was my first experience. All the workshops were interesting and I learned something new every time. Although I already had some knowledge about the term “fake news”, now the first thing that comes in mind isn’t Donald Trump but all the different variations of it and how easy is it to spread false information. After this training, I have more knowledge how to spot fake news and have a proper action plan how to verify if the sources, researches etc. are real.

  • In your opinion, how can young people deal with propaganda, misinformation and fake news? Do you have your own tips?

I don’t trust everything I see on the internet, everyone at a young age should learn this and not forget that. When I look for information about certain topic, I look for a reputable source and not first thing I find. I fact check all the things I have found out, one source isn’t enough. Pupils should learn about media literacy in schools, in few countries young people already have that chance, but in some – curriculum is outdated. Not enough grown ups know how to properly deal with propaganda, misinformation and fake news, so they aren’t equipt to teach their kids how to be safe on the internet.

  • How do you plan to share and use your knowledge in your local community?

I have already started telling my family, friends and acquaintances about my experience in this project and what I have learned and will continue doing that. I’m also planning on suggesting the director of Children and Youth center in my hometown that we could held training for children about media literacy, and I could be one of speakers and lead some workshops as in this project.

 

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