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Be an eSafe kid: Fake news, real harms

About this resource

A live Virtual Classroom webinar to test your students' ability to detect fake news. Explore the impact of misinformation online. Get tips on how to find trusted and safe sources of information online and where to go for help if things go wrong.

Target audience


Middle primary, Upper primary


Accessing support, Critical thinking

Type of resource

Live virtual classroom event, teacher notes, student worksheet, student follow-up activities


45 minute webinar

Australian curriculum

Key learning areas

English; Technologies, Health and Physical Education

General capabilities

Literacy; ICT Capability; Critical and Creative Thinking; Ethical Understandings

Using this resource

Students will:

  • identify trustworthy information about current issues
  • detect fake news and sponsored endorsements
  • recognise the harm caused by misinformation online.

The whole class participates in a live video lesson with a trainer. The trainer talks through PowerPoint slides and students complete a worksheet during the presentation. There are optional follow-up activities.

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Topic: Be an eSafe kid: Fake news, real harms

Please note: We request that teachers register their classes for these webinars. Individual student registration will not be accepted, as connections to the online platform are limited. Schools can register for any open session hosted by eSafety or a session hosted by their school jurisdiction. 

If your students are learning from home and need individual connections, please contact

Open sessions available to all State, Catholic and Independent schools

Session time: (AEDT)

  • Friday 26 November 2021 at 11:45am to 12:30pm



Australian Curriculum outcomes

This presentation will address Australian Curriculum English and HPE (Health and Physical Education) outcomes including:

  • Discuss and interpret health information and messages in the media and internet (ACPPS039)
  • Investigate community resources and ways to seek help about health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS053)
  • Identify features of online texts that enhance readability including text, navigation, links, graphics and layout (ACELA1793)
  • Use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse information and ideas, comparing content from a variety of textual sources including media and digital texts (ACELY1713)