Meet Medior

Medior
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Name: Medior Troll title: The Rotten Reporting Robot Characteristics: Won't let the truth get in the way of a good story Smells like: WD40 Favourite food: Likes and shares Favourite song: 'Lies' by Will Jay
Medior
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Medior
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How to recognise a Medior

Mediors are cyber-powered news machines that pump out a feast of fake news. They know that most people online will believe anything they read without checking the facts. Essentially they are a big battery, and every time someone likes one of their lies, or shares one of their shady stories – it feeds them and ‘charges them up’. The more powerful they get the bigger the lies become!

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How to deal with a Medior

You cannot trust everything you see online as some things can be out of date, inaccurate or not entirely true. To find reliable information compare at least three different websites, check in books and talk to someone about what you have found.

Think carefully before you click on or open something online (e.g. links, adverts, friend requests, photos) as you never know where they may lead to or if they may contain viruses. Do not accept something if you are unsure of who the person is or what they’ve sent you.

To stop a Medior you have to prevent their batteries from charging, you can do this by:

  • Always questioning where a story comes from? Are they a reputable source for news? Who wrote it? Why did they write it? There are people out there who like to twist facts or spread lies for fun. Always question the source!
  • Never like or share something unless you absolutely know it to be true!
  • If you’re not sure if something is true, or it seems too amazing to be true – ask a trusted adult to read it, and see what they think.
  • Never ask a friend to share something that you don’t know is 100% true, this just charges Medior’s batteries and spreads false news even further.