CAC launches campaign to combat misinformation and encourage responsible screen use during lockdown

  • The campaign will consist of four videos and four radio announcements broadcast on TV3, Catalunya Ràdio and social networks
     
  • In this infodemic, as the WHO has said, CAC Chairperson Roger Loppacher stresses the need to be critical of online information and do what one of the campaign mottoes says: STOP, THINK, CHECK. He also calls for responsible digital device and internet use
  • To avoid misinformation you are recommended to rely only on official information, use various media sources to double check information, and not to share information without checking it is true
     
  • When it comes to screens, it is advisable to agree on screen times, make areas in the house for being online and offline, protect your privacy, and use parental control settings

At this critical time in the coronavirus pandemic and general lockdown, the Catalan Audiovisual Council (CAC) has launched a campaign to combat misinformation about COVID-19 as well as to promote reasonable screen use.

Developed as part of the eduCAC programme, the campaign will be broadcast from today, 8 April, until 26 April. It entails four animated videos and four radio announcements, which will be broadcast on TV3 and Catalunya Ràdio respectively. The videos will also be posted on social media.

The Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals (Catalan Broadcasting Corporation) has planned to air the announcements three times a day alongside the midday and evening news, as well as once a day on children's channel Super3. Three radio announcements a day will be broadcast on Catalunya Ràdio. Half of the announcements deal with misinformation and the other half responsible screen use.

CAC Chairperson Roger Loppacher stressed that "in this infodemic, as the WHO has said, we need to be critical of online information and do what one of the campaign mottoes says: STOP, THINK, CHECK. We also need to use digital devices and the internet responsibly”.

The broadcasts to combat misinformation advise people to rely only on official communications and to follow the advice given by the authorities and health experts, as well as to use various media sources to double check information. They also encourage people to at least check the source, date and integrity of news, rather than merely the headline and the identity of the people concerned, before sharing it with others.

The broadcasts about good screen use have two mottoes: "Be smart about screen time" and "Learn to plug in, learn to unplug”. The various recommendations include agreeing on screen use and times in the family, make areas in the house for being online and offline, and using educational resources on the internet. Advice is also given on how to protect your privacy and using parental control settings.

Campaign announcements:

Fake news announcement 1

Fake news announcement 2

Good screen use announcement 1

Good screen use announcement 2