When a significant disastrous or even paranormal events happen, it is so easy to get all the latest news about that event online. While the internet can be an excellent place to find pieces of information, it could also be the source of misinformation. It is your personal decision to help yourself on how you will handle and understand such knowledge. Here are some tips on how can’t get overwhelmed by the overflowing news brought by the television and social media:
Validate the News
The news media always rush all the stories they cover, that’s why sometimes reporters make mistakes, they don’t always have the accurate information, officials prioritize getting the most important tidbits of information in a situation so they can get the masses’ attention. It gets passed around before anyone has even checked if it’s the precise information.
Use Social Media Wisely
Some say that Twitter is a good source of news information in the first minutes of a tragedy, but then it gets passed on and on until it becomes distorted and unreliable. Contrarily, Facebook can be the best way to get in touch with friends who are affected by news and also to spread personal information within a limited circle. But consider that news links posted on social media might include unverified information, so make sure to take them with a grain of salt.
Pause and Take a Break
With all the information at your fingertips, it’s enticing move to think from your point of view and pass on every bit of news that comes in your mind. Restraining yourself from doing that is essential, so you can avoid adding unnecessary information and confusion that will get passed on by others.
However, if you find it still difficult to get by, try to involve other people around you. They need to do their job to stop you from discerning such bizarre news. If they manage to do so, you will find yourself surrounded by reliable news only.
Trust Reliable Sources Only
News sources that always proclaim to have all the information or jump to conclusions about why something has happened are just adding to the social media noise and confusion. And remember that cable news channels earn money from doing the news – the more captivating the news stories they cover, the more people will watch, hence the more money they make. Make sure that you and your family don’t easily believe in such fake news.
Make Sure It’s Age-Appropriate
Teens and children aren’t ready to digest terrifying news, especially when news is about school shootings or abuse scandals. The repeating information that your kids hear can be overwhelming, and news introduction provides information that kids are curious about.
Parents may not be able to give reassuring answers. You can assess your news sources every time if it is child-friendly. The latest development of technology also makes things easier. They provide us with child-friendly mode that we can turn on whenever children are around. It is to make sure they do not get involved with hoaxes and fake news.