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Do teenagers use fact-checking tools? Disturbing report

Do teenagers use fact-checking tools? Disturbing report

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Marta Grzeszczuk,
27.09.2023 17:34

A recent report gathered data on teenagers’ online safety. It turns out not everyone can recognize scam or fake news.

Santander Bank Poland commissioned a survey on online safety among Polish teenagers. The poll surveyed 1,500 people divided into two age groups: 12-15 and 16-18. The results prove that the knowledge about safe Internet browsing is not good among the youngest users.

Many young people are too trusting online

The report focused on the topic of data theft and phishing attempts that usually take place on social media. 80% of responders aged 16-18 admitted they had received a message from a friend's account that had previously been hacked. Among them 31% clicked a link attached to such a message.

In the younger group, 43% of respondents received such messages, and almost half of them clicked on the potentially dangerous link.

Older teens get their knowledge about Internet safety from sources such as TikTok and YouTube. In the 12-15 age group, it comes from parents or teachers.

Only 55% of younger teens share a habit of verifying information they find online. In the older group, this percentage rises slightly, up to 61%. When asked about their preferred method of fact-checking, 16-18 year olds indicated checking information in popular media and verifying the credibility of its source. The younger group is most likely to ask family members or friends.

Source: pap.pl

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