Fake news is a real problem—and it’s one that Angelina Jolie is trying to solve with her new TV show. The series, titled “BBC My World,” will educate kids over the age of 13 on important international issues so they can form their own opinions.
“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 of the show, which is being produced with Microsoft Education. The mom of six added, “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.”
The half-hour show will air every Sunday morning at 11:30 am on BBC World News and will be available in 42 different languages. Kids can also watch via YouTube or the BBC iPlayer.
According to the director of BBC World Group, Jamie Angus, “BBC My World” will help kids filter out everything that they see and read on social media. “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,” he said in an interview with Variety. “They need the tools to distinguish the real from the false online, and the skills to think critically about information, wherever they encounter it.”
Topics will include everything from “deepfakes” to deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. And while Jolie is not reported to appear on the show herself, BBC presenters Radzi Chinyanganya and Nomia Iqbal will be the hosts.
So, the only downside to this series that it seems unclear how kids in the US will watch the series easily. The BBC iPlayer is famously unreliable for folks in the US and YouTube isn’t the best platform for kids. It’s great that the BBC is taking this on, but can CNN be next? Or Maybe…Fox News?