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The power to question

Suss / Fake

How do we know what we see online is true?

Hoax
Reality / Lies

Do you trust every­thing you read online?

Rumour
Evidence / Search

What is the outcome of getting involved in this?

Lies
Myth / Joke

What does my gut tell me?

Click-bait
Suspicious / Con

Does it seem too good to be true?

Fishy
Ask / Question

Is every­thing we see online always real­istic?

Think
Trap / Cheat

Is this a reputable, safe, helpful source?

Troll
Motive / Doubt

How do I feel about this?

Check

Here is some expert advice

Report to a service provider by clicking on the ‘contact’ area on their website.

Talk to Kids Helpline (for ages 5-25 years)—you can chat confidentially about anything big or small. You don’t have to deal with it alone.

If you don’t think you can trust the information or poster, then don’t repost, comment, or reply to them. Delete any false or misleading information from your own social media accounts or blogs.

Speak to a trusted friend or adult—they may provide you with a new viewpoint or ideas for how to resolve your questions or worries.

If it’s serious, report it to the police. If someone online is pressuring you to do things you wouldn’t normally do, is promoting violent ideas, or trying to convince you to go against your family or friends, talk to someone you trust. It’s never too late to get help.

Block users if you feel that they pose a risk to you or others, or if they are being aggressive and trying to force their own ideas onto you.

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Word Meanings

Fake news
false information that has been made up, and created to make it look like trustworthy news reports.
Propaganda
information used to promote one side of a point of view to influence people’s opinions. This can be used for positive or negative purposes. It is information that has been specifically chosen to give one side of a story.
Hoax
deceiving people with fake information or stories.
Trolls
people who deliberately post inflammatory messages in online communities to provoke other users.
Catfishing
to lure someone into a relationship, via social media, by using a fake online identity.
Scams
using internet services to defraud victims or take advantage of them. You can get more information from Scamwatch or the Australian Federal Police.