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Myth 14: It's on the Internet So It Must be True

Pediatric Fitness

Myth 14: It's on the Internet So It Must be True

There are many misconceptions about proper nutrition and exercise. Nutritionists from the Pediatric Fitness Clinic explore different myths and misconceptions, the truth behind them, and offer suggestions for what you can do instead.

Myth: It’s on the Internet, so it must be true.

Truth: Anyone can post anything on the Internet. Be cautious because not everything on the Internet is true.

Help your child understand why they need to be cautious of information on the Internet.It can be hard to figure out the facts because they make it seem like it's from experts. Be cautious because not everything on the Internet is true.

Also, be careful of what you hear on the radio or see on TV. Some messages are designed to grab your attention to sell a product, and are not true. UW Health staff can be helpful in guiding you to safe and helpful information. Health care providers at UW Health practice evidence-based medicine, which means that the care you receive is based on the latest research.

Try This Instead

  • The best resources are those that are published or presented by a credible agency. Seek out information from websites that end in .gov or .org.
  • If you have questions about a certain topic, ask your doctor where you can find additional resources.

Parental Advice

Help your child understand why they need to be cautious of information on the Internet. Show them how to find trustworthy information. Take them to the library to expose them to research or to read the latest information on a topic that interests them.