Ayshah Tull, CBBC Newsround | Fake News

Ayshah Tull presents CBBC Newsround. She is a presenter, reporter and journalist on the show and has worked on it for three years.

Dear Burnet News Club members,

I'm Ayshah from CBBC Newsround. Thank you so much for inviting me to answer your questions on fake news. It's such a privilege for me to do it, and I hope I can shed some light on this big issue. Continue to be engaged in the news and the world around you, it means so much for your future. 

How do journalists know if all the information that they find is true?

From: Minnie2395 | Grace Academy Coventry

As a presenter, reporter and journalist on the show- we have to think long and hard about the information we’re getting and decide if it’s true before sharing it with our audience. One of the things I do is ask loads of questions about the story and try and figure out whether it’s true or not.

Questions like:

  • Has the story been reported somewhere else- by another news organisation?
  • Have you heard of the organisation that published the story?- is it a big media company that is trusted
  • Does the photo or video look normal?- if there’s something odd about the video, if it’s been changed or altered it might not be real
  • Does the story sound believable?- you know that saying if it sounds too good to be true, well sometimes it is. If it’s completely unbelievable then it probably didn’t happen

How does fake news manage to go viral?

From: Edward Heneage Burnet News Club

Some fake news can go viral because loads of people start sharing it. If it’s something unbelievable or shocking the temptation is to send it to your mates or your family and let them know about it. It’s the same way real news goes viral.

People only tend to share things that they agree with. So if people are sharing a lot of fake news, and lots of people believe it, it's easy to get sucked into a bubble that is actually completely different to the real world - and a long way from the truth.

The best thing to do if you’re not sure about sharing a story is to think about where it has come from- does it have a .co.uk or .com address or something a bit different? And is it on the TV or radio already? If not, you might want to think a bit more about it, before sharing it with mates.

Fake news comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes it can be about silly things and other times more serious things. It’s important to think about what you hear and ask questions about whether it’s true.

Ayshah Tull, CBBC Newsround presenter

Why is it that the news that sounds silly or unlikely is sometimes true and news that seems likely is sometimes not?

From: Puppy princess 06! | Newington Community Primary School

Fake news comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes it can be about silly things and other times more serious things. It’s important to think about what you hear and ask questions about whether it’s true. One sure way of knowing a story is true is to be there when it’s happening. Having a professional journalist seeing it happen before their very eyes is a really good way of knowing it’s not fake. That’s one of the reasons why I’m sent out to report on stories, so I can see it with my very own eyes and then report it back to the children that watch Newsround.

Fake information could be good. Because, although unreliable, In W.W.1 they used fake news to keep moral high so people didn’t give up hope.

From: Dark raven#1 | Ravenscroft Primary School

It has been reported that the recent spread of fake news is a problem.

The first kind of fake news - deliberate lies - is an issue because it can make people believe things that are completely untrue.

The second kind - when people publish something without checking that it's completely right - can make people have less trust in the media, and make everyone believe something that might be inaccurate. To learn more about these differences, read Amol Rajan’s post.

Some people say that fake news stories can have an effect on how people vote, which - if true - is also a serious problem. The UK Parliament has launched an investigation looking into it.

16 Comments

  1. King Edward VI Academy King Edward VI Academy

    I think asking questions is a great idea because you get the answers and you know which is true and false. Aswell as that you know which is fake and real news along with the work publishers,reporters and journalist will automatically know when its fake or not.

    yellowjaffacake

    • Thomas Hinderwell Primary Thomas Hinderwell Primary

      Or you could search what they have said to see if it is fake.

      Yellow Monkey

  2. Elaine Primary Academy Elaine Primary Academy

    I agree with you yellowjaffacake that asking question can sometimes help but not always because you sometimes don’t realize if it’s fake or not but when you ask those questions. Look very carefully at the answer if it didn’t make sense that means they didn’t know the answer so they just made it up and also if you ask more questions but they don’t go with each other that also minds that they made it up.

    goldenrespect

  3. Elaine Primary Academy Elaine Primary Academy

    I think that what Dark raven#1 said it’s right but in the same time wrong because is good that the mothers and children got their moral up by believing in fake news because if they didn’t they could easily give up and die and their children too. However, if they would find out that it was just fake news the moral will drop twice as much.

    goldenrespect

  4. Ravenscroft Primary School Ravenscroft Primary School

    Should asking questions be a good thing about fake news!
    My opinion
    I think both it’s a good thing and a bad thing, it’s sometimes a bad time to ask questions because we might talk extra and we might talk on the negative side, and it’s a good thing because we could learn something new by people answering our questions so that’s my opinion.
    NeymarRaven#11

  5. Ravenscroft Primary School Ravenscroft Primary School

    Should we concerned about fake news?

    In my opinion that fake news is bad because if the prime minister (Theresa May) said something about something or someone (people) and it was fake and they found out. People would protest for the government to change. If travellers made up stories and said they went on the trip, when they actually did not then they are lying to the world and to themselves.

  6. Ravenscroft Primary School Ravenscroft Primary School

    Saven_Raven#11

  7. Ravenscroft Primary School Ravenscroft Primary School

    Should we be asking questions about fake news

    My opinion

    I think it is a bad thing because fake news is dangerous so asking questions is a bad thing because you are finding out dangerous fake news. Finding more about fake news is going to get people killed and other people might get hurt. Some people think fake news is a good thing but people don’t know what they are getting into.
    GarethRaven#11

  8. Ravenscroft Primary School Ravenscroft Primary School

    Fake news

    My opinion is that fake news shouldn’t be able to go onto websites and if they do go on the websites then they should at least be checked and be made sure that it is not fake and that it has been posted by either the government or the news or even the BBC .
    fire raven #02

  9. Ravenscroft Primary School Ravenscroft Primary School

    Fake News
    My opinion is that fake news is not a good thing for younger children because you never know if it is appropriate for children e.g. if it was like a website for dating the wouldn’t know what it was. So I think that people should stop Fake News NOW SO CHILDREN WE BE SAFER ONLINE!
    EPIC RAVEN

  10. Ravenscroft Primary School Ravenscroft Primary School

    Fake News being used in WW1

    I disagree with Dark raven#1. The people
    deserve to know what is going on in the war. Our soldiers are suffering so much just to save this country. We should’ve told the truth to everyone. Their parents thought their sons are all good and safe. But were they really? Should we have really lied to the people?

    MasterRaven101

  11. Colegrave Primary School Colegrave Primary School

    I agree with you EPIC RAVEN because what if children do see something in approprete that could effect a kid for life.

    cute doughnut

  12. North Beckton Primary School North Beckton Primary School

    My view on Fake News is that it’s sad when people believe things that are not true and some people put some Fake News on the title and make people press it. I think this should stop because sometimes it spoils people’s life.eg.If someone’s favourite singer is Ariana Grande and they see on a title Ariana Grande died they would be hurt broken. I would really want this to stop.
    FriendlyCat232

  13. North Beckton Primary School North Beckton Primary School

    Fake News is not good in my view. It makes people confused and choose wrongly based on this false news.Fake News could change ours and others democracy.Some people use fake news for money ; some for politics. Some do both but why? We need to find a way to help this people falling into the trap. Networknewsblast