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When It Looks Like News, How To Tell If It's Not

American kids access the Internet and social media through their phones or a parent's phone every day.
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The days when all the people around us read the same newspapers and watched the same newscasts are long gone. The proliferation of media options also gives us a chance to seek out the delivery of news that confirms our worldview.

And then there's the issue of people hawking items as news that are not really news at all--or true, for that matter.

How tell the bogus story from the real one? Start young.

That's the approach of former CIA analyst Cindy Otis. She's written a book for younger readers, True or False: A CIA Analyst's Guide to Spotting Fake News. It's helpful for all ages; the author checks in with a summation.

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