Angelina Jolie Launches BBC Show That Teaches Kids to Spot Fake News

Jacquie Cadorette
January 24, 2020 - 10:01 am

Angelina Jolie wants kids to have the distinct ability of being able to spot fake news when they see it.

Jolie has teamed up with BBC to executive produce the new series “BBC My World,” a show aimed towards informing kids about international issues and weeding through the news – fake and real.

It’s not just about deciphering the news, however. The show also aims to connect children from around the world.

As a parent, I am happy to be able to give my support to a program that aims to help children learn more about the lives of other young people around the world, and connect them to each other,” Jolie said in a statement Thursday.

“I hope it will help children find the information and tools they need to make a difference on the issues that matter to them, drawing on the BBC World Service’s network of thousands of journalists and multiple language services around the world,” the statement continues.

The new program is catered to children over the age of 13. It aims to break down news stories meant for adults into digestible pieces for kids to understand.

Director of BBC World Service Group Jamie Angus said in a statement, “There’s a gap in provision for young people who want to understand how the news is made and the values that stand behind it. They need the tools to distinguish the real from the false online, and the skills to think critically about information, wherever they encounter it.”

Each episode of the series will be half an hour in length and broadcast once weekly at 11:30 am ET on Sundays. The show will also be available on YouTube.

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