Take care what you share

Just because a post looks good does not mean it is reliable information. Check before you share.

Tips for checking information

Not all information online is always factual and accurate.

We can quickly and subconsciously accept news that aligns with our beliefs and negatively react to information that is different. It’s important to take time and reflect when reading something about the COVID-19 vaccine, before acting.

Social media companies typically use algorithms to pick up false and misleading information. They may have a flag or small message on certain posts advising that the information is related to COVID-19 and will link you to a trusted source.

These aren’t 100% foolproof. It is important to remain vigilant with the information shared or posted online.

Many of us will have shared false information at some stage without realising it. But sharing misinformation about COVID-19 and the vaccine can put our health response at risk.

We can all help to reduce the impact of misinformation. If you see anything that does not seem right to you, do not share it. 

Steps to take before you share

  • Ask yourself where the information is coming from, and what the author wants you to believe.
  • Just because an article looks good or reads well does not mean the quality of the information in it is reliable. Many sources of misinformation are well produced.
  • Before sharing a story it is important to check if it is credible. Check where the original story appeared, who is promoting it, and what other people are saying. For instance, do a Google search of the information or the organisation it has come from, and read what trusted reliable sources (such as academics or the mainstream media) say about it.

More information

Keep it Real Online has advice to help young people and their parents and caregivers figure out what is real and what is not online.

Keep it Real Online | keepitrealonline.govt.nz  (external link) 

Netsafe has advice on how to spot fake news online. Netsafe is New Zealand’s independent, non-profit online safety organisation 

Netsafe | Netsafe.org.nz (external link) 

Follow our whānau as they visit a museum to see an exhibition called 'A Brief History of Misinformation'.

As they explore the displays, they find out what an infodemic is, learn how to talk with those close friends and family affected by misinformation, as well as how to deal with misinformation on social media.

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