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Apeejay School, Saket students learn how to fight fake news

In a video conference with students of Hayrapet Hayrapetyan Secondary School in Armenia, they discussed how to spot misinformation and incorrect interpretations on social media

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Students of classes 9 and 10 of Apeejay School, Saket recently participated in a Generation Global programme themed ‘Fake News and Social Media’. This programme aims in making young learners globally aware while enabling them to embrace the future equipped with new skills and knowledge.

A video conference was held between students of Apeejay School, Saket in Delhi and Hayrapet Hayrapetyan Secondary School in Yerevan, Armenia. Students from both the institutes got an opportunity to interact and share their opinions on fake news, misinformation and impact of social media on the youth.

Gayatri Saini, a student of class 9 says, “My experience of the event was great. I learned so many new things such as how to avoid the spread of false info or fake news, respect others’ opinions and share my own on social media.” 

Another student, Aleeza Ali said, “This topic needs great attention as we experienced an increase in fake news since Covid-19. In the past few years, we have also seen how people across the world are impacted due to the spread of false information. We are collectively responsible for its spread and we must fight it. Through this session, I was able to improve my communication skills and raise awareness.”

Emphasising on the importance of accuracy and true information in today’s digital era, Iqra Naaz, a class 10 student says, “The way to prevent fake news is to ensure that truth reigns. In this video conference, I learnt how other countries have faced similar problems and many speakers shared their personal experiences about the same. It made us feel more connected with each other. Overall, it was an enriching, fun, and informative session.”

For Jahanvi Dhingra, it was one of the most valuable sessions. “Is social media the only place where fake news spreads? This is a question we need to ask ourselves. The topics and questions discussed in the session were fun and exciting!”

“Not only in India but in the whole world, fake news is a problem. I suggest that we should only rely on trusted sites and not be gullible on the internet, says Ayushmaan Gupta, a class 9 student.

“It is our endeavor to make our students global citizens and humans with hearts that care!”

-Dr. Sujeet Eric Masih, Apeejay School, Saket

Mrini Devnani is Senior Correspondent (Newsroom). She covers student achievements, interviews and contributions for the website. She was a former Correspondent covering Edutech for the India Today Group, and has a passion for Social Media and Digital Marketing. You can reach her at [email protected]

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