April 20

Misinformation & Scams

Covid-19 has given notable rise to information sharing on public online platforms such as social media. Many of us tune in for the live press conference held by the Ministry of Health on Facebook daily. And even with these live updates, rumours and unverified information make it to our newsfeeds quicker than we would like. So how can you keep an eye out for information that is more accurate? Here are a few tips to help you and your children be safer online:

1. For the latest Covid-19 information from Government check out
2. Check reliable sources: On Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, look for the blue checkmark next to the page name like the Fijian Government page, Online Safety Commission page, and much more.
3. Verify the information: Look at whether other notable sources are sharing similar information. Don’t just trust one source of information.
4. Critically evaluate the information and consider whether it is true, false, fake, unverified and do not share immediately unless you have verified the information.

It is very important to talk to your children during this time about the information they may come across online. Teach them how to critically evaluate information they come across online. And make sure not to forward or share information that is not verified by notable sources such as the Fijian Government or World Health Organisation.