Assessing reliability

Examine the elements of a website. As a class, explore the Australian Maritime Safety Authority kids website. Use the website checklist (.doc 83kB) to assess the authenticity, relevance and currency of the site.

  • What does the URL tell you about the website?

  • Who created the website?

  • Is it possible to contact the creators if you have any questions or concerns?

  • Is the content current? When was the website updated?

  • In which country was the website created?

  • What is the purpose of the website?

  • Who do you think would be the main audience?

  • Was the website easy to use and navigate?

  • Do you think the information is reliable? Why or why not?

Read the following scenario:

Your class is studying the topic of 'Early Exploration in Australia'. Your teacher has given you a research task: Retrace the journey of one of Australia's early explorers. One of the websites you have chosen to use in your research is

Evaluate the site by completing the evaluation criteria (.doc 80kB) worksheet.

Meet as a class and discuss your findings.

Not all websites are authentic. Some are out-dated, or contain information that is incorrect or biased. Some sites may even be designed to trick people. These sites are referred to as bogus or hoax sites.

Explore one or more of the following sites and discuss the elements that indicate the site is not authentic.