Fact-Checking Tools for Teens and Tweens

Claims of "fake news" get thrown around regularly in the media. But how do you know if you're reading a credible news source or a website that's been compromised by a partisan agenda? Or even just satirical news that's gone viral? That's where fact-checking comes in. Sites that let kids verify the information they see in news stories, videos, and other sources are crucial to separate fact from fiction. And seeing how different credible news sources present information can help kids idenitfy bias. To get a snapshot of some of these sites, check out this video. For links to other sources, check out this list for the Best News Sources for Kids.

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OpenSecrets.org Website Poster Image
Visuals, snappy text explain political spending details.
URL: https://www.opensecrets.org
(2017)
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FactCheck.org Website Poster Image
Excellent, unbiased political site goes in deep.
URL: http://www.factcheck.org
(2008)
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Ground News App Poster Image
Compare coverage of current events and control for bias.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2020)
(2020)
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PolitiFact Website Poster Image
Find out who's telling the truth in politics.
URL: http://www.politifact.com/
(2015)
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Poynter Website Poster Image
News-analysis site focuses on accuracy, truth in stories.
URL: http://www.poynter.org
(2017)
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Sift - News Therapy App Poster Image
Fun, interactive, thorough way to explore current topics.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2019)
(2019)
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Winno - Just the Facts App Poster Image
Current events curated by humans; cultivates comparison.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2019)
(2019)
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Abridge News App Poster Image
Bias-battling news platform is small but clever.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2020)
(2020)
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Snopes Website Poster Image
Gruesome tales abound on this debunker of urban myths.
URL: http://www.snopes.com
(2009)
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A Starting Point App Poster Image
Conversation starter has balanced views, some mature topics.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2020)
(2020)
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