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Media Bias - Separating Truth From Myth Featuring Boredom: A Guide for Parents and Educators

Media bias is when journalists and news producers show favoritism or prejudice in their reporting. This can harm viewers by spreading misinformation, such as leaving out important facts or shaping the readers' perspectives in a biased way. 

Media Literacy: Knowing Your Sources

A big part of what makes misinformation difficult to detect is that news stories can appear legitimate. To determine the validity of the information, it's important to check their sources.

On YouTube, the channel CMAC has uploaded a helpful video explaining the purpose of journalism, how to find sources, and the presence of bias in mass media. You can find the video here:

Recognizing Media Bias

Understanding why media bias is harmful is important, but with made-up articles and misinformation being so prevalent, it can be challenging to identify false information and check our own biases.

Metropolitan Community College has a brief article on media bias, which is divided into several tabs, each focusing on different aspects of media bias. In the tab "Check Your Own Bias," users can determine if they have a hidden bias or personal belief that affects their views and how they approach news articles.

Read the article here

How To Spot Media Bias

Let's delve into some simple ways we can form our ideas and opinions without being influenced by media bias.

In the article "How to Spot Media Bias" on, asking certain questions can help us stay well-informed and avoid misinformation. These questions include:

  • What’s the evidence and how was it verified?
  • What kind of information is it?
  • Were you encouraged to draw your own conclusion? 

Read Libguides' article here:

What are your thoughts on media bias? Do you believe you have any biases? Share your opinions with us in the comments below.


Boredom: A Guide for Parents and Educators

Anyone spending significant time with children is familiar with hearing the refrain “I’m bored!” — especially as summer vacation approaches. What can parents and educators do to recognize boredom in youth? How can children cope with, and even benefit from this sometimes unpleasant psychological state without defaulting to digital media?

Children and Screens’ new parenting tip sheet, “On Boredom: A Guide for Parents and Educators,” addresses youth boredom in the digital age and offers tips for helping children and adolescents work through it in healthy, productive ways.

Read the Tip Sheet here:

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