Parents' Guide to

PolitiFact

By Jennifer Sitkin, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Find out who's telling the truth in politics.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this website.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Only opinions with no facts

A left leaning fact checking website that has caught itself in some hot water with Facebook for trying to push off left leaning opinions as fact. They went on a horrid campaign of spreading misinformation, endorsoring it, and silencing any facts that made the left look bad. Don't use nor trust this site for anything past a quick laugh.
age 15+

Meticulous and thorough

As an educator, PolitiFact helps sift through the rhetoric of public officials and cut straight to verifiable facts and information. The purported one-sided bias and alleged reporting of false information are unverified. There is nothing to worry about here in regards to biased reporting as PolitiFact covers a wide range of public figures from both sides of the aisle. Comparisons will find members of both sides of the aisle are evaluated with the same frequency, with an occasional lean towards evaluating more statements from the right (metaphorical scales here would give the right a few more drops in the bucket, but not much more). Complexity and interest are the only age gates here.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Politifact can play an important role in encouraging kids to question statements made by people in positions of power and influence. The site is a good fit for a family interested in discussing current events. The Truth-O-Meter ratings help to improve conversations between kids and adults when they're talking about the issues covered in the statements as well as the entire political process. Plus, it should help to decrease the amount of confusion and arguments for different political statements; the site provides numerous links to prove or disprove claims made in the media. The one downside for kids is that the overall content is clearly written for adult consumption, so some kids would need to have parental direction to be sure the information was fully understood. But, for parents looking to get their kids interested in what's real and what's not in the world of politics, Politifact is a great resource.

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