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We have compiled a list of resources from around the web to help you navigate what is real, useful information and what is fake.

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COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Data Hub

The COVID-19 Data Hub is the official hub for COVID-19 statistics in Ireland.

COVID-19 Data Hub

HSE

The HSE provides Public Health advice about Covid-19 in Ireland.

HSE

HSPC

The Health Protection and Surveillance Centre from the HSE provides Ireland-specific updates on COVID-19.

Health Protection and Surveillance Centre

Age Action: Getting Started KIT

Age Actions’ Getting Started KIT supports older people to keep in touch with their loved ones during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Getting Started KIT is made up of seven How To guides that will support older people to learn, use, and be confident using smartphones and applications. RTÉ will broadcast video tutorials which will also be available to view on the Age Action website from Tuesday 5 May.

Getting Started Kit

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is an EU agency aimed at strengthening Europe's defences against infectious diseases. It provides situation updates for Europe.

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

COVID-NMA

COVID-NMA is an international research initiative supported by the WHO and Cochrane. It produces relevant, accessible, up-to-date, and trustworthy synthesis of high-quality evidence about the efficacy and safety of interventions for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19

COVID-NMA

The World Health Organisation

To help counter the ‘infodemic’ around COVID-19 the WHO developed the EPI-WIN programme to give everyone access to timely, accurate, and easy-to-understand advice and information from trusted sources on public health events and outbreaks.

WHO Resources

When friends and family share false information 

We all want to do our bit when it comes to countering false information, but what if it is someone we know who is sharing false information? Media Literacy Ireland have put together some helpful tips for addressing the spreading of false information even if it comes from those close to us.

    View tips

    First Draft

    The team at First Draft have designed a quick and simple guide to help everyone navigate the infodemic. This guide will help you understand where misinformation comes from and why it spreads and help you decide what’s worth sharing, and what’s not. It will also give advice on the tricky issue of friends and family members who repeat something you consider to be harmful or misleading.

    Too much information: a public guide

    IREX: Nine Tips for Spotting Misinformation about the Coronavirus

    IREX works with partners in more than 100 countries in four areas essential to progress: empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, extending access to quality education and information. On this page IREX provides tips for spotting misinformation about the coronavirus.

    Nine tips for spotting misinformation around the coronavirus

    Corona Virus Fact Alliance and Database

    Led by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at the Poynter Institute, the Corona Virus Fact Alliance and the Corona Virus Facts Database unites more than 100 fact-checkers around the world in publishing, sharing and translating facts surrounding the new coronavirus.

    Corona Virus Fact Alliance

    UCD Library guide to evaluating pandemic information

    Find your way through the thicket of pandemic misinformation and disinformation with these tips on identifying & avoiding fake health information online.

    Fake News and COVID-19 - Evaluating Information

    Irish Resources

    Be Safe Online during COVID-19

    Be Safe Online is the Irish Government’s campaign to highlight ways to help you stay safe online, particularly during the COVID-19 outbreak. These pages offer access to a wide range of online safety resources including the National Cyber Security Centre, Webwise, Media Literacy Ireland, Healthy Ireland and the HSE.

    Be Safe Online

    Connected

    Connected has been specifically designed for teachers of the Junior Cycle Digital Media Literacy Short Course who wish to explore Online Wellbeing; News, Information and Problems of False Information; Big Data and the Data Economy; and My Rights Online. Connected aims to empower young people to be effective, autonomous and safe users of technology and online media.

    Connected

    HTML Heroes

    Linked to the SPHE (Social Personal and Health Education) Curriculum, HTML Heroes is a free digital media literacy education programme containing eight interactive lessons and is supported by three fun and colourful animations asking What is the internet?, What can I trust online?, What is online advertising? The aim of the ‘Introduction to the Internet programme’ is to help 7-10 year olds develop critical thinking and digital media literacy skills to effectively and safely navigate the online world while also promoting positives uses of technology. The programme be accessed for free on Webwise.

    HTML Heroes

    Press Pass

    NewsBrands Ireland is the representative body for Ireland’s 17 national news publishers. Press Pass is their News Literacy and Student Journalism programme which is a complete journalism and media literacy module for Transition Year students which equips them with the critical thinking skills required to exercise judgment, analyse complex realities and recognise the difference between opinion and fact.

    Press Pass

    Integrating information literacy into the curriculum

    Library staff in CONUL institutions have considerable expertise in the area of information literacy. This booklet includes both practical advice concerning the integration of information literacy into the curriculum and a large number of case studies showing what has been achieved already in an Irish context.

    NUI Galway Library

    MediaWise

    The MediaWise resource is based on the BAI’s core media literacy competencies, and developed in partnership with BAI, teachers, curriculum experts and other key stakeholders. It is now available in English and Irish. These resources are useful for creating a general awareness about media literacy among parents and other childcare providers outside the classroom environment.

    MediaWise

    International Resources

    Five Essential Questions

    Common Sense Media is an independent non-profit organisation that provides parents, teachers, and policymakers with unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all childrens’ lives. Use these five essential questions as a springboard, to help children, or anyone for that matter, dig deeper with even more critical questions of their own.

    Five Essential Questions

    TedEx: How to choose your news

    How do we choose which news to consume?

    In this 5 minute video, Damon Brown gives the inside scoop on how the opinions and facts (and sometimes non-facts) make their way into the news and how the smart reader can tell them apart.

    TedEd: How do we choose which news to consume

    News Literacy Project

    Test and sharpen your news literacy skills with short activities, engaging quizzes and shareable graphics — for teachers as well as for learners of all ages.

    News Literacy Project

    BBC Helping Students Spot False News

    A collection of resources from around the BBC to help students spot fake news and false information. The content explores the social, political and economic impact of news reporting, and the skills needed to analyse and critically evaluate information across a range of media.

    BBC student resource

    CRAAP TEST!

    Librarians at California State University-Chico have come up with a memorable way to remind us that not all information is good information, especially in an online environment. The CRAAP Test is a handy checklist to use when evaluating information. CRAAP stands for Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose.

    CRAAP Test

    Eight simple steps

    The International Federation of Library Associations have produced an infographic with eight simple steps (based on FactCheck.org’s 2016 article How to Spot Fake News). The IFLA invites you to download it, print it, translate it, and share it to help spread the message.

    Fact Check

    MediaSmart UK

    Our Media Smart partners in the UK have a mission to ensure all young people can confidently navigate the media they consume, including being able to identify, interpret and critically evaluate all forms of advertising.

    It provides free teaching resources and parent guides on subjects like social media, body image and influencer market. These can be downloaded by going to the Media Smart website.

    mediasmart.uk.com

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