The “Be Smart, Be Tolerant!” (BEST) project, funded by the Erasmus+ KA2 program, recently concluded a successful meeting in Valencia, Spain. The project brought together partners from 4 various countries (Romania, Italy, Spain and Cyprus) to address the growing issue of fake news and its impact on young people.

The project aimed to equip young people and youth workers with the necessary tools to critically evaluate information and navigate the complexities of the online world. Through a series of workshops, awareness campaigns, and training activities, the BEST project has delivered valuable resources to empower young minds.

One of the key project outputs is the “BEST Toolkit,” which serves as a comprehensive guide for young people and youth workers. This toolkit, now available here, provides essential knowledge and practical strategies to:

  • Identify fake news: Learn how to recognise the hallmarks of misinformation and disinformation tactics.
  • Fact-check information: Discover effective methods to verify the accuracy and source of information.
  • Promote responsible online behaviour: Understand the importance of ethical information sharing and critical thinking in the digital age.

Furthermore, the BEST project produced a series of animated videos, accessible here. These engaging videos serve as educational tools that complement the guidebook, providing clear and concise explanations of various aspects of fake news.

The impact of the BEST project extends far beyond the toolkit and videos. The workshops and training sessions have empowered young people and youth workers across partner countries, fostering media literacy and responsible online practices. With the project’s conclusion, the BEST toolkit and resources stand as valuable assets in the ongoing fight against fake news and its detrimental effects.