NEWS20 June 2022

BBC News is the ‘most trusted’ outlet for teenagers

Media News Trends UK Youth

UK – A new survey for BBC Bitesize suggests that the BBC is the most trusted news source for young people in terms of both traditional broadcast and print media and digital media channels such as Instagram, TikTok and YouTube.

BBC Broadcasting House

The research also found that young people trust politicians less than they trust social media influencers to tell them the truth about the news.

Almost half ( 47%) said they trusted social media platforms to give them truthful news, while 66% said they would check with their parents if they wanted to know whether information they’d seen or heard was correct.

Just under nine out of 10 young people ( 87%) said they understood what fake news was, but less than half said they would search for evidence to back up their views and opinions. Of those who said they had shared fake news online, 62% said they later regretted it.

The survey comes as BBC Bitesize launches The Other Side of the Story campaign to help 11 to 16-year-olds navigate fake news, disinformation and misinformation online and better understand which news sources to trust and why.

Building on the broadcaster’s BBC Young Reporter scheme, the campaign will provide videos, quizzes and classroom workshops for young people, teachers and schools, both face to face and on the BBC Bitesize website. The project aims to help secondary school pupils improve their media literacy skills, while giving them practical insight into how news stories are constructed, and often manipulated, online.

BBC director general Tim Davie said: “It’s vital young people have access to impartial and accurate information on the issues that matter to them and I’m pleased this latest research indicates the BBC is the most trusted news source for 11 to 16-year-olds.

“Our Other Side Of The Story campaign will give young people the tools to think critically about the information they consume and how to identify trusted outlets, whether it’s in print, broadcast or online.”