Angelina Jolie to produce kids show teaching about misinformation
Actress Angelina Jolie is teaming up with the BBC to produce a children’s series based around helping kids sort through misinformation while learning to make decisions.
Variety reported Thursday that Jolie is producing a half-hour weekly show to debut on BBC World News aimed at a younger audience titled “BBC My World,” which will be anchored by BBC Sports presenter Radzi Chinyanganya.
The program is designed to help kids and young adults learn to sort through different news sources of varying quality and reputation and teach viewers how to spot misinformation and “fake news.” It is expected to lean on the BBC’s reporting and will be available for viewing worldwide via YouTube.
“As a parent, I am happy to be able to give my support to a program that aims to help children learn more about the lives of other young people around the world, and connect to them to each other,” Jolie told Variety.
“I hope it will help children find the information and tools they need to make a difference on the issues that matter to them, drawing on the BBC World Service’s network of thousands of journalists and multiple language services around the world,” she added.
The director of BBC World Service told Variety in a statement that the program was borne out of a need to close a gap in understanding as to how news is made and which sources are credible.
“There’s a gap in provision for young people who want to understand how the news is made and the values that stand behind it. They need the tools to distinguish the real from the false online, and the skills to think critically about information, wherever they encounter it,” Jamie Angus told Variety.