Lateral Reading on the Open Internet

In a study conducted across an urban school district, we tested a classroom-based intervention in which students were taught online evaluation strategies drawn from research with professional fact checkers. Students practiced the heuristic of lateral reading: leaving an unfamiliar website to search the open Web before investing attention in the site at hand. A cluster-randomized, repeated-measures analysis showed that students in experimental classrooms grew significantly in their ability to judge the credibility of digital content.

These findings inform efforts to prepare young people to make wise decisions about the information that darts across their screens.

Full article available at the Journal of Educational Psychology