BBC is all set to launch a new scheme for the students that will help in filtering out the fake news from the real news. Several tools will be provided to the students to spot the false information being spread. BBC has targeted this project mainly towards secondary schools and sixth forms across the UK.
The project is set to begin in March 2018 covering up to 1000 schools. All schools will be getting information and resources in the classroom as well as online to spot the so-called fake news. BBC will also be organizing special events hosted by their staff members and are also planning to visit schools if necessary.
Many BBC journalists including Kamal Ahmad, Tina Daheley, Anmol Rajan and Huw Edwards will be taking part in this project.
According to James Harding, the director of BBC news “This is an attempt to go into schools to speak to young people and give them the equipment they need to distinguish between what’s true and what’s false.”
Although about three-quarters of children between the age group of 12 to 15 knew the difference between real and fake news, many of them were still not able to distinguish between the two.
The project will begin in March 2018 with a series of events and roadshows. The schools that are signed up with BBC will be automatically registered for the project.