Easy to use guide for young people to take action against misinformation

28 April 2020
Blue Cover of UNICEF toolkit

All around the world, people are taking the necessary steps to protect themselves and their families from the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), to support their communities and prevent the spread of the outbreak. 

As a volunteer,  young advocate, young reporter or concerned citizen, we know that you are passionate about making the world a better place for other young people. Many of you are probably already taking action to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Unfortunately though, while many people are sharing information about the virus and how to protect against it, not all of it is correct. Misinformation and a lack of information during a health crisis can spread paranoia, fear, and stigma, and result in people not being protected or doing things that can hurt themselves and others.

The outbreak has also left many people feeling worried, isolated, lonely
and stressed. More than ever, we all need to raise awareness, build solidarity, support each other, and be kind.

Inspired by the actions of young people across the world - to help out UNICEF has compiled a set of actions divided up by time so you can quickly decide how much time you want to contribute. The easy to use toolkit can be used by anyone who wants to push back against misinformation and stigma and promote community support and spirit.

You can also download the toolkit here👇


However, before you take any action remember:

✅ Health first: do not put yourself at risk in any way. Make sure you follow local guidance regarding the types of activities that are permitted during the outbreak. Take care of your mental health, and if you are able to, help support others.

✅ Online safety: if people online become aggressive or behave like trolls do not engage with them. Check out more online safety tips here.

✅ It’s okay to be unsure: if someone asks you a question about COVID-19 and you’re not sure, don’t guess. Say that you don’t know and refer them to UNICEF and WHO or local government authorities.