YouTube Might Be Coming To Your School To Teach You How To Spot Fake News

31 July 2017, 15:06 | Updated: 6 November 2017, 09:41

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By Liam Dryden

YouTube are tackling online safety by expanding their successful 'Internet Citizens' workshop to 20,000 young people across the UK.

If you haven't heard about YouTube's Creators For Change project yet, you're missing out; because creators from all over the world who use their platform to promote tolerance, awareness and social change are finally being supplied with a budget to do it. And if you live in the UK, there's about to be a chance for you to get involved; by joining the "Internet Citizens".

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YouTube have announced plans to expand their "Internet Citizens" initiative to over 20,000 young people across the UK.

As a part of the Creators For Change programme, this initiative aims to "help young people get the most out of YouTube and the wider web, and enable positive experiences online." Through a series of workshops, young people are learning how to foster a more positive online community; by being creative, communicative, and even a bit skeptical.

"We’ve all come across comments or content online that’s shocked or even offended us, sometimes leaving us feeling isolated or powerless to change the conversation," reads the blog post from Google's head of public policy, Naomi Gummer.

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"From how to deal with offensive speech, to learning how to think critically about what you see online, and using tools like flagging and comment moderation, we’ve covered a lot of ground with the 500 young people we’ve met so far and sparked a lot of creativity on the way."

Essentially, "Internet Citizens" aims to help teens across the UK pick up valuable skills in internet safety; from spotting fake news to learning how to use moderation tools, it's one of a few ways YouTube are finally taking steps to create a better internet. So if you'd like to get involved, keep an eye out for a workshop coming your way soon.

Find out more about "Internet Citizens" here.

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