Lie Detectors

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Lie Detectors is an independent, award-winning and journalist-led news literacy organisation that works to empower schoolchildren and their teachers in Europe to act as powerful lie detectors and critical thinkers in a world increasingly populated by propaganda and distorted facts online. We do this by equipping school communities to fact-check online content, understand news media, make informed choices and resist peer pressure as they assemble their worldview.

  • To turn working journalists and selected media experts into active participants in the drive for news literacy, creating positive contact between journalists and children as well as their teachers;
  • To attune teachers to digital media risks, to the tools available to counter it, and to the benefits and relevance of further classroom discussion of a topic often relegated to IT lessons and after-school clubs;
  • To create memorable classroom experiences and lasting awareness of children’s own participation in social networks; to propel pupils into an ongoing conversation of news consumption and verifying news;
  • To provide a link between schools and the very best existing news-literacy and newsverification initiatives;
  • To influence educational policy-making through continued public speaking in varied fora, advocating for the systematic uptake and inclusion of news literacy in the curricula of teacher-training colleges and classrooms across Europe, as urged by Unesco and OECD. As part of this remit, Lie Detectors has served as a member of the EU’s High Level Group on Fake News and the EU Expert Group on Digital Literacy, advising the European Commission on how to tackle the spread and socio-economic impact of disinformation.

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