There it was in black and white on a sidebar as I was doing internet research -- the news that the world was mourning the death of Katie Couric, complete with a smiling photo of the much-admired news journalist. I admit it -- I was completely taken in. A friend of Couric's sister, I'd not yet heard the terrible news, and for a brief moment, I was shocked and saddened. Then the "Wait a minute" skepticism kicked in. Fake news strikes again.
If a seasoned journalist can be misled by a sensational headline, imagine how impressionable adolescents can be drawn in to the murky world of fake news, from celebrity deaths and misdeeds to horrifying tales of injustice to completely unverified statements posing as facts being spewed by anyone with access to a computer or microphone.
Common Sense Media offers an excellent primer on "How to Spot Fake News" that's worth checking out -- for yourself, and for your kids.
If you take it really seriously, parenthood is the most challenging job you’ll ever have. The hours are long and the pay stinks. It requires the most emotional investment and the greatest patience. And no matter how well you do it, there will always be that nagging little voice in your head wondering, “Should I have handled that differently?” But parenthood is also the most rewarding and important role you’ll ever play. And the good news is that we're all in this together...