Students have trouble judging credible information online, study says

(KRON)—A study conducted by researchers at Stanford University found students have trouble distinguishing credible information.

The report found that students cannot reason about details they see online.

Some students had a hard time trying to tell the difference between advertisements and news articles.

“Many people assume that because young people are fluent in social media they are equally perceptive about what they find there,” said Professor Sam Wineburg, the lead author of the report and founder of SHEG. “Our work shows the opposite to be true.”

The researchers began their study in January 2015 before fake news started popping up during the 2016 Presidential election.

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