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Myth-busting tools and advice

Added 9 days ago
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There is a lot of information out there on COVID-19, but not all of it is accurate and trustworthy. We’re here to help you check online information using the WWW. method...

You can watch this quick video to learn 4 simple tips to use to help you work out whether information you find online can be trusted. When reading information online look for who wrote it, when it was written, where it is found, and stop to think before you believe or share it.

WHO?

  • Who wrote the information?
  • What were their reasons for writing it?

WHEN?

  • When was the information published?
  • Is the information reviewed regularly?

WHERE?

  • What type of website is the information on?
  • The ending of the website address can help you work it out: .nhs.uk is an NHS website, .gov.uk is a government website, .ac.uk is an educational establishment.
  • You can also check the ‘About’ section of the website if it has one.

STOP.

  • Stop and think before you follow advice or believe a story online.
  • Read beyond the headline to get the full story.
  • If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Why not check out our COVID-19 Resource Hub, a simple, accessible hub where you can find all the most relevant information around the COVID-19 outbreak. From mental health support during the pandemic to myth-busting tools, and links to essential information on the outbreak, it's all here in one place. The hub will be updated on a weekly basis moving forward to reflect changes and developments to the current situation.

We'd love to hear what you think of the WWW. method, why not give us a tweet @buzzmanc on Twitter?

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