Stop, Think, Share!

Mis/disinformation has been prevalent within our communities within recent years and even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The academies within Wise Owl Trust have been working with Professor Farida Vis, Director of the Visual Social Media Lab at Manchester Metropolitan University to develop a programme of study for Primary children from Reception to Year 6 to make them aware of visual mis/disinformation. This was due to be launched in late 2020, although it will now be delayed due to the current situation.

As many schools have experienced the effects of sharing mis/disinformation, guides for staff, parents and pupils will be made available as downloads to support with the understanding of the dangers of spreading such information. The guide for teachers was launched in May, with the one for pupils and parents to follow at the start of the new school year.

As part of the development of these resources, Prof Vis and her team will be conducting research which will further support the development of our curriculum for pupils.