Posted in anti-vaccine, child health, choosing reliable resources, connected world problems, evaluating web site resources, health information, misinformation, real life learning, social media

Misinformation Does Not Have to Rule

It looks like anti-vax misinformation, promoted over the last several years on social media, is suddenly the focus of the robust challenges that will be needed to help people understand the dangers of going without immunizations.

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Check out the New York Times video below.

The challenges to the scientific information on vaccinations and scientific knowledge offer a real-life learning opportunity, one that parents and educators can use to help young people understand the perils of distorted information, the power of social media to distort facts, and the need for reliable digital sources. The video below, Fool House Rockis a resource to help people learn about some of the reasons why individuals believe vaccination misinformation on social media.

Board certified pediatrician Priscilla Chan, who also happens to be the wife of Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, presented at SXSW and made a strong case for vaccinations, saying she had seen sick children with measles.

Check out the video. It appeared in the March 11, 2019 New York Times and offers plenty of detail, paying attention to vaccine facts and explaining many of the reasons that people believe inaccurate digital anti-vax information.

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