Teaching Older Adults to Be Smart Online

By: Susan Nash  

Studies show that older adults read more fake news than any other age group. They also have the highest percentage of voter turnout, and their numbers are growing every day. We need to develop best practices for teaching this population to discern fact from fiction online, particularly in the areas of politics and health. My research summarizes existing efforts to teach older people digital literacy and makes recommendations for further progress.

Digital, Media, Literacy, Fake News, Older Adults
Public Policy and Public Perspectives on Aging
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Susan Nash

Susan is a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Center on Longevity, where she is working on a project to teach digital literacy to older adults. Before joining the Center, Susan was a Fellow at Stanford's Distinguished Careers Institute, where she studied the interaction between social media and democracy and the history of fake news and disinformation. She has become a passionate advocate for increasing public understanding of how online platforms work and re-evaluating the legal and political framework in which these platforms operate. Susan is a former partner in the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson, where she worked on complex litigation around the country. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School and received her Bachelor's Degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.