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February 6th, 2011
04:08 PM ET

The Truth about the 'Tree Octopus'...

...is that there was no truth - no tree octopus.  The part of this story that amazes me is that about half the 7th graders who were told this animal was a hoax continued to insist it was real because of the website they read.

So we'd like to get your thoughts today on 'checking your sources' (something I remember all too well from journalism class).  What can you do to make sure that what you read online is the truth?

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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  1. headen

    what u read on the internet is not always true almost all the time it is not true so dont trust it

    February 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  2. Sarah

    Though it is much easier to just believe the first thing you hear and be done with it, you must make sure it is a reliable source. The site shouldn't have many "flashy advertisements." It is also good to check, by looking at other websites to see if you get the same information.

    February 6, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  3. Laila

    You can look into it. Use a search engine to find out more facts before you assume what is online is the truth.

    February 6, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  4. Carlee and Coreena

    Some mean people make fake cards just to confuse people. you should use sites like National Geographic, museum sites, and dictionary sites to find your information. not something anyone can edit or make up.

    February 6, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  5. Nicoletta

    Being a five-year fan of the Japanese animation industry, I've read some ludicrious show/character/movie therioes. And over the years I've learned that if it sounds like a rumor, it probably is.

    February 6, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  6. Henrietta

    It's hard to know what you can depend upon when it comes to internet reliability; The way I have personally been raised, is that I was taught not to believe everything online. Instead, I use reliable websites, or else I go to the library to check out more about the topic in question.

    February 6, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
  7. dominique

    you could ask your teachers or you can ask people what they think and go by what they say.

    February 6, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
  8. Ben

    I will always check Google to see if there is more than one site telling you about this type of thing. Chances are, if it's just one, it could be fake. Part of this, also, is lots of rumors start online. People read them, believe them, and spread them. You need to confirm the information somewhere else before believing it.

    February 6, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
  9. Kallie

    I never listen to whats online unless it is a educational website. I think people just get tricked into thinking its true because it is online.

    February 6, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
  10. Alane

    The information you read on the internet, isn't always true and people do go by what they read on the internet. But even though some do think that it is always right it may not be.

    February 6, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
  11. Parker

    Get something to back it up. If more people or websites say that it is false then you can assume that is a lie. If more people say that it is true then maybe you have to go with what the computer say.

    February 6, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
  12. Alexandra

    All I can really say is "wow". I can't believe people actually think this is real! the blue ones are obviously plush octopuses! if you see something like this you should ask someone like a teacher about it or see if it is on a CREDITED website.

    February 6, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
  13. Ezekiel

    I really think its true, sites like wikipedia and wikianswers can be changed by practically any body. Which makes information very misleading and yet at the same time still be easily believed.

    February 6, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  14. Ezekiel

    I think kids should ask teachers which sites are most reliable. My science teacher always says that sites like wikipedia and wikianswers are not very good because they can be changed by anybody with internet access

    February 6, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  15. Carlo

    I think that if children believe what is put on the web can have a huge impact in the world. This is because if I put a bloq and I spread gossip on it people will belive it and makefun of the person that the gossip is against.

    February 6, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
  16. Robert

    i think that teachers should give the students a list of websights with correct information.

    February 6, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
  17. Brian

    Not all sites can be trusted.

    February 6, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
  18. Charles

    It is seldom today that, our fellow students do not check sources or check information against anything, I is a not a shock to see this, it is just sad thing to here. I think we need to teach kids how to find correct sources on the web, and how to ake sure the info they get is true.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:51 am |
  19. Suhas

    You should examine the website carefully, see if it is true.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:31 am |
  20. carash

    that is so ridiculous if i believe all of website's writings and pictures. i think that such website's purpose is for fun, discrimination ability is essential in internet explore.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:18 am |
  21. Elly

    My teacher did this to me earlier this year, and I can tell you, all the kids in my class believed it. But the only thing is, you can tell it is a complete fake by looking at the other things on the web. I found videos of 'Real Life Mermaids' and 'Fairy in Hiding'. To stop it, the Government should reduce the amount of websites on the web that are, well, unreliable. Maybe?

    February 7, 2011 at 2:50 am |
  22. Connie

    I would suggest that you look up several Internet sources on the topic you are researching to be more certain that what you are reading is the truth.

    February 7, 2011 at 4:12 am |
  23. Stepon

    I can make sure that what I read online is the truth is that if many people who don't know about rumor or truth believe what I read online, I can believe about this stroy. Also if many mass media published what i read, I can also believe what i read. I think whether i can make sure what i read online or not is that it depends on the response of people. Thank you. cnn studentnews for helping learn English.

    February 7, 2011 at 5:18 am |
  24. Donald

    We can't always ensure that everything is true on the Internet. For example wiki-links did something on the Internet and some of the stuff was true, but what I think is just because something is out there on the Internet, it doesn' t nessessery mean that it's 100 percent true. That's why you always check the 4 W's . Who, what, when, where , who gave them the research, where did their study take place, when did it start to appear and 4 what were they thinking.

    February 7, 2011 at 6:11 am |
  25. Joni

    I think that when people read things that they have not heard of before they should always check another website or other sources to make sure that it is accurate.

    February 7, 2011 at 6:45 am |
  26. Anonymous

    Since online materials are convicing, containing lots of details and pictures, it's hard to distinguish forgery from them. I myself am likely to believe anything on the screen. I usually judge them from just my thoughts. But I think it's not enough. Investigating a source or discussing what we read either online or offline are examples of ways to judge materials, but I'm afraid these take too much time.

    February 7, 2011 at 6:50 am |
  27. Maria

    If I want to know if the online is the true, I would go to another website where there is information about the main topic and compare each website had wrote.Plus, it's impossible for an octopus to still be alive outside the water.

    February 7, 2011 at 7:35 am |
  28. Jacob

    irst if your not sure you can look it up in a book who has creditable sources and second if it's a website that you can edit it is probably not true

    February 7, 2011 at 7:56 am |
  29. Hannah

    I had to do this too, about an Year ago. I mean the site is ok because, before our teachers told us it was fake, we were willing to do something for the octopus, we were willing to save it. And if you want to know if its fake or true, what my teachers said at that time was to go on another site, and see if it has the same information, or if it has different. Then you know for sure.

    February 7, 2011 at 8:19 am |
  30. Silvia

    Yes, I believe because I saw a video about the tree octopus and a picture that the person was looking at the octopus. And before I researched about it, I thought.."If you put an octopus on the tree, isn't it a 'Tree Octopus? ' "

    February 7, 2011 at 8:49 am |
  31. michael

    you can look at non fiction books to see if it is real.

    February 7, 2011 at 8:50 am |
  32. Kerry

    Whenever i need information online, I always go looking through different websites with the same info. technology has evolved, but that doesn't mean that you cant go get a book and read from that. if the information is fake online people shouldn't use the internet. You can never tell if the information is fake or real, but getting the information online is much faster than going to a library.

    February 7, 2011 at 8:54 am |
  33. marcus

    no you cant belive evey thing u see on the web cuz i may no be true or real

    February 7, 2011 at 9:15 am |
  34. Biggie

    We suggest a BIG button on the page that states " This is for real." You can't judge a book by it's cover.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:30 am |
  35. Ben

    Make sure you look on different web sites just tomake sure it's not fake

    February 7, 2011 at 9:32 am |
  36. Ben

    Look on different web sites just to make sure the site is telling the truth

    February 7, 2011 at 9:33 am |
  37. lara

    If it seems fake like something as stupid as the tree octupus then it probably is. I do't believe everything i read and neither should you!

    February 7, 2011 at 9:38 am |
  38. Preston

    I think that a tree octopus is not real cause there is no way a Octopus can not live on land.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:46 am |
  39. Joe

    i know that something is ture by if it is written in a text book or a dairy, or mostly a primary soruce.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:50 am |
  40. Allan

    i really dont know about what i read but it doesnt matter because i dont care what happened online

    February 7, 2011 at 9:52 am |
  41. Tim

    Because at any giving time you might be able to change the information that viewers might need or depend on.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:52 am |
  42. Andrew

    I think that the students should not believe that the tree octopus is real. I think this because it can probably hurt their brains.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:53 am |
  43. Hunter

    I would search for endagered animals lists and try to find the tree octopus and I would search for a couple of sites.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:54 am |
  44. Daikysha

    You can read w.e it is you are searching for and make sure it makes since and then look it up using another website, and if that new use of source tells something different and that information makes since then most likely its true. But you have to make sure it makes since and you have to use YOUR common sense of course. That's just my way of thinking about it.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:54 am |
  45. Henry

    You could ask a teacher or a parent if the website you are using is true, And if its good. So thats how you could see if the website is true or a Hoax.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:54 am |
  46. Chelsea

    You should always have 5 researchs to make sure what your looking up is ture or not. Not always everything you look up is right or the truth. Just always make sure you make as many reasearches are true

    February 7, 2011 at 9:54 am |
  47. John

    i would look up information on a different tab and see if there really is truth about a tree octopus like google images if there were no pictures of what was typed in then the tree octopus would not exist

    February 7, 2011 at 9:55 am |
  48. dougie

    why would someone make a fake website it goes to someone hearing about it and then they tell there freinds and then the freinds tell there parents and the parents will think the kids are crazy for saying something like that

    February 7, 2011 at 9:55 am |
  49. kelly

    To make sure i know what i read is the truth because i can go on google or other sites like the encildpedia.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:55 am |
  50. Cody

    People need to check their facts so they know they are writing the truth.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:55 am |
  51. Emily

    to make sure what you read online is the truth, you should look it up on google, and look at all the other sites. you should never beileve what web sites they are most likely wrong.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:55 am |
  52. Jessica

    You could ask an adult if what your learning about is the truth.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:56 am |
  53. Alexis

    We can ask an adult after we have looked on the website, or we can keep going on different websites and if they all have the same answer then it must be true.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:56 am |
  54. Kyeisha

    I think it's the student's them self that need to ask " Is this true or false". Sometimes that just what we need to ask. Because most of the time the internet lies.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:57 am |
  55. Emily

    I don't really think its real because octopuses have to be in water to survive. I thought it was a hoax as soon as i saw it... Its almost impossible for there to be a tree octopus.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:57 am |
  56. Damonica

    you read it yourself or ask a science teacher or someone who know a lot about science

    February 7, 2011 at 9:57 am |
  57. Jasper

    One thing you can do to make sure that something you read online is true is by get more than one source and see if they say the same thing.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:57 am |
  58. Natalie

    You know that some things can be true but not always. The reason it might not be rue is that people could go on wikipedia and write all kind of things.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:57 am |
  59. Taylor

    As an 8th grade student i should know to always be sure to have at least 5 main resources when getting research for an essay. My first resource would be to go to the encyclopedia and make sure that the facs are right. .I truley believe that people should look up facts in places other that google because you could get something on google that is wrong and have your teacher look at it and have no idea what you are talking about beacuse you didn't have enough facts and you only had 1 resource instead of 5. That is how people can make sure that what you read online is true or false.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:59 am |
  60. lhea

    Students tend to go to the internet for everything now. Teachers, your parents, friends, when you dont know something were do they tell you to look? The internet. Kidss and teens are rely on the internet alot. Therefor, they do have problems not beleiving everything on the internet.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:59 am |
  61. Clara

    I think that people should, instead of reading one site, read two or three or more to confirm the information that you read. That way, you won't be scammed or humiliate yourself by giving false information that you read online to other people. Sometimes, people put things online just to be funny because they think that they will fool someone. But as long as you double-check the information on other sites, you won't be a victim.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:02 am |
  62. Andrea

    online scamming is stupid and you shouldn't do it. students and young adults are too gullible these days.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:03 am |
  63. Blake

    I think that this was a great experiment to do but I also think it was mean. To check if its real you should check with your teacher. Also I have found that websites with .gov, .org, .edu are always safe and have true information. I think the kids learned a lesson and I can see why some kids believed this.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:04 am |
  64. josh

    iThink that people should stop making fake websites.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:05 am |
  65. Holly

    Before I go to a website for information I always make sure is isn't a website that anyone can answer or edit. If I can find one, I love to go to sites that end with .edu or .gov because they're reliable. I advise for other students and kids to take the precautions I take to make sure that they aren't getting the wrong information.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:06 am |
  66. Kirsten

    It's really up to you. If your mind thinks it is true then you can think it is. On the other hand people look it up multiple websites to see if other people have found information other than that. Nothing can be true on the enternet.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:06 am |
  67. sydney

    If people are going to read something off the internet then go to a website that can not be changed cause half of the websites can be changed to something that is not true like the tree octopus.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:07 am |
  68. Justin

    a lot of times people can make things up and post them to the internet just make sure all the facts are true about them then just think could this really happen, because a octopus in a tree seem a little far fetched to me!

    February 7, 2011 at 10:08 am |
  69. Sabrina

    The Tree Octopus is not really.Kids should not think it is reslly and half the stuff you read on line is not really.The web site about the Tree Octopus it is not real.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:08 am |
  70. Matthew

    I think to find out if something online is true,you should first ask yourself if this is to good to be true,if yes then it's usually fake.Then research it,or ask others to find out what they say.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:14 am |
  71. fox

    I think to make sure what you read online is true you to ask about it or look on diferent web sites

    February 7, 2011 at 10:16 am |
  72. don

    I think to make sure things you read online is true you should ask a teacher or parent.If they say it makes no sense then chances are its not .

    February 7, 2011 at 10:16 am |
  73. Michael

    I think what I should do to make sure what I read online is true go ask someone who has seen the site. Check and search the site itself. Look for copyright symbols anywhere on the site. If that fails search it up. If something comes up not similar to your site then its a fake.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:17 am |
  74. Abel

    i think to make sure online is the truth check out books or go ask so one you think will no this like biologsist or your social studies teachers

    February 7, 2011 at 10:17 am |
  75. Mark

    I always look in a book o see if the information is true. If it is not I will not belive it.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:17 am |
  76. Juan

    I think to make sure what you read on the internet is true you should probably ask you parents. I believe that because your Mom and Dad have a lot of experience and have knowledge. Also I believe that because you should trust you parents. That is what I believe you should do when you dont know what to do when you dont know if what is on the internet is true or not.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:18 am |
  77. daniel

    I think that if you should check more sources one thing i thing though is if you read some thing and you don't check other sources its your own fault because there are a ton of things on the internet that are untrue or misleading but if you check other sources you can find out that it is untrue.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:18 am |
  78. emmanuel

    I think that you shouldn't believe everything you read or see on the internet. You do not know if its true so chck other sites.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:18 am |
  79. Dear

    I think that lot of students just wanted to believe in it because they could have liked it or they were to lazy to look at the facts.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:30 am |
  80. Julia

    Well usually what you read on the internet if its to good to be true it usually isn't true.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:30 am |
  81. Yu

    When some data on Internet seem untrustworthy, I make it a rule to use more than two search engines and do double-check. Almost all informations on Internet is true, but surely some of them are false. So Internet is useful and troublesome.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  82. Katie

    (He-he First Comment) Well, you can look at the publisher pages, and make sure you read the small print and the title. I haven't seen the website, but it most likely said somewhere on it that there was no such thing as a tree octopus, all of it was fake. Now a days, even if you see a commercial on TV or the internet, there is most likely something telling you that you aren't really winner of a grand prize or the one millionth visitor...... Make sure you read everything if you are going to write a paper or buy something online.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  83. Sage, and Dylan

    THINK ABOUT IT!!!!!

    February 7, 2011 at 10:53 am |
  84. Sierra,Steffi,Haley

    You can't believe everything you see because it won't be true and you need to see if other websites have info about it too. You can't get all your information with just one website and you need to look around and make sure you don't get any false information. Taking what you know about Octopuses you should be able to kinda figure out that it is impossible and a very unlikely thing.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:54 am |
  85. Emanuel

    Well we can compare it to a science or other book.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:54 am |
  86. Miracle

    To make sure that it is true you can compare sites or check a book out.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:54 am |
  87. Mike

    I personnally wouldn't believe a hoax like this unless many scientists promoted it. An still, even then, still research it.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:54 am |
  88. Erica

    You might want to compare to another resourse.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:54 am |
  89. kelly

    We could maybe look up on a website and then look on another website and see if the information is true.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:55 am |
  90. Valerie

    You can check another resource and see if the facts about it are true.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:55 am |
  91. christiahn

    you can go on a website and if it says the same thing in a book it may be true or you can check a website and then check another one and if they match it also may be true

    February 7, 2011 at 10:55 am |
  92. Chelsey

    I think that u could compare it to another source like a book or another web site page and see if they match. but it can be hard when you really don't know if it is a proven fact kinda like big foot it may be true to some people but others would call you crazy. but thats just me.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:55 am |
  93. Treyvon

    i would know a site could be true by looking it up on google r compare it to a different site

    February 7, 2011 at 10:56 am |
  94. Ashlyn

    If it is a book look up the book to see if it is real or not.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:56 am |
  95. delaney

    when i got my fish i looked online. i cheeked lots and lots web cites ,articles and books . also i asked the store employes ,my parents and friends that have or had fish.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:56 am |
  96. fernando

    i think they should just check the info

    February 7, 2011 at 10:56 am |
  97. Stacy

    To make sure it is true you can compare it to another source. You could also look it up on another website. And also i don't think it is good to lie because people will believe some of the stuff you put online, then it will get to other people and people will be full of lies with they think is TRUE!!!

    February 7, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  98. Amber

    You can look it up on other sites and compare it to the site that you looked at first, you can look up in a encyclopedia.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:58 am |
  99. Shyan

    don't believe every thing u read on the enternet because not every thing is legit. sure its fun to find out things on the computer but u cant belive every thing u hear. 2 things u can do to make sure the information is legit is dont go on http://www.wikipedia.com and to use google.com

    February 7, 2011 at 10:58 am |
  100. Anonymous

    I think if we can compear the site to another site just to see if the infoormation is ture or not online or we can look it up on a site then see if we can fine that same thing in a book just to know that the site is true !

    February 7, 2011 at 11:03 am |
  101. kendrick

    I thought that seventh graders were still smart enough to realize that it was a hoax. I mean, even I'm not so dumb as to believe something on an unreliable website, and even so, you could safely conclude that if so many were tricked by reading this one website, then it would hit headlines on other news sources, too.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:06 am |
  102. brendon

    you can make sure to check multipule sorces to make sure your details are correct 7th graders should have known this

    February 7, 2011 at 11:20 am |
  103. DJ

    If i was one of the studants that did the tree octopus i would have looked in other web pages to see if thois is evan real. i would think that 7th graders would know what would be real or not.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:20 am |
  104. Savannah

    To make sure that what i read online is the truth is by using more than one sorce. We are thought this in the biggining of six grade. Also they should of went to more of an acurect sit that acualy has comments on it by others that used it so they know that the information they has is correct and can get good grades

    February 7, 2011 at 11:22 am |
  105. chase

    to prevent this from happing you should check other web cites or just use a book. as you see thats why you should use books.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:23 am |
  106. Kaela

    i dont care what you read,just as long as you dont make a stupid decision about it.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:23 am |
  107. Sherrie

    Seventh graders are very impressionable so lying to them in the name of "research" is pathetic. Obviously people should know not to believe everything they read. "Snopes.com" is a fairly reliable source to visit to check out fraudulent stories. Also, the internet is not the only reference material that should be used. What happened to libraries, reputable magazines, and encyclopedias?

    February 7, 2011 at 11:24 am |
  108. jocelyn

    To make sure what you read online is the truth, you should check with other websites.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:24 am |
  109. Hollie

    Wow students belived there was an octopus that live in a tree i guess people really will belive almost anything they read

    February 7, 2011 at 11:25 am |
  110. Hollie

    i wish there was a real tree octopus that lived in a tree that would be cool. NAAA im just sprised at the fact that so many people belive that the tree octopus was real.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:28 am |
  111. Alex

    Kids are getting more and more interested in science and history. They are starting to engrossed themselves in to school for their future.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:31 am |
  112. michelle

    some things on the enternet are true. But some other things that you read may not be true. They will give a wrong answers if you go on a website were people can make it and comment on them and stuff. So somethings on the enternet i wouldnt beleive.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:37 am |
  113. lake, wyatt, isiah

    That experiment sounds very amusing that so many people would beleive such a stupid hoax....

    February 7, 2011 at 11:40 am |
  114. kayla

    the way you can tell that something online is the truth is if you see it mulitiple times from different websites. or if its from a reliable source

    February 7, 2011 at 11:46 am |
  115. Kegan

    Don't believe everything you read. Wikipedia is an unrealible source of information because people can add to it at any time. Everybody has access to the internet so obviously a lot of inaccurate information is posted. If you want true facts, check with local libraries, scientists, professors or even museums.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:55 am |
  116. Jessica

    To know what i am reading is true I check other sites. I get my info from at least 5 different sites then I see if all the info matches up.I never trust sites where people online can edit them and change information.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:58 am |
  117. brendan

    no because any one can put fake information on the intornet

    February 7, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
  118. Michaila

    You have to consider who's writing the source you read. If it's something like the Department of Education writing it, I would trust that more than something like Wikipedia or Joe Schmo's blog. About the tree octopus, I would get suspicious when I saw that the entire class was only getting that one website.
    My little sister believes everything she sees on the internet, and actually thinks that this video of a "real live mermaid" isn't photoshopped. A lot of times with younger kids, they're naive to the fact that not everyone is as truthful as they think.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
  119. Jezeniah

    You can look at the website. make sure it isnt Wikipedia. anyone can change the text on Wikipedia.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  120. Noah

    I make sure that what I read on the internet is true by checking other sources on other websites.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  121. Elliott

    To make sure the website is legit you should; Know the website and make sure you have used it before. Then you should go to many differant websites and if the information is the same then you have a legit website. If you don't have time for that then ask some people about it

    February 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  122. Dane

    You can ask many people to make sure if it's true.
    Or, you can make sure that there are more than one source.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  123. mahdiah

    I think the story is not true that boy just what be funny to everybody at school to belive him why would a octopus be on a tree that's be funny but it ain't true that's what i think.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  124. justin

    you could check other sources and compare those sites, and if the other site is different one of them is a lie

    February 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  125. ryan

    you can check out other sources and see how thoes sites are diffent
    and other sites that are diffents.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  126. Maria

    Read or watch the news to see if something is true or not. Or find another valid source.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  127. chris

    i think you should check more then one website. then compare the facts

    February 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  128. Cesar

    Iwould go to other sources or websites to see if they have the same information about it

    February 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  129. jesse

    put a caption to let you know its not true

    February 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
  130. Kawika

    You can check news pages to see if its real or you can google to check other sites so see if its real.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
  131. Emani

    You can research informtion that can back up the topic.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
  132. Eric

    In order to see if the article is legitimate, you should check other sources ( books, documentaries, etc.) and if the specimen is in any of those, then it is probably real.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
  133. Jezeniah

    Look at different websites and see if you have the same information.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
  134. Ryan

    I think that the tree octopus is a hoax and that the kids that were saying it isnt, i just think they were trying to be funny

    February 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
  135. Kai

    I think that if you find something that youve never heard of , look up the subject and other sources and see if it has the same information , and if it dosent then likly the subject is not true.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
  136. Jessica

    See if there is more sources to the infrormation that I am getting

    February 7, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
  137. Kyle

    You should research on a bigger popularwebsite and find at least five sorces or just research out of a book.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
  138. norvell

    i want believe everybody about what they on the internet.
    because people can lie about suff

    February 7, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
  139. Enjoli

    Octopus can't live out of water for a short period of time .. how can it live in a tree?

    February 7, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
  140. jesse

    Pay atention to the deltails in the pasage when you research on the web.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
  141. david

    No u should not belive what on the internet or on the tv they just want money i do not like that stuff i knoe better

    February 7, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
  142. eduardo

    if i get alot of site i wiil compare them and see what come out more and i will suppose it real

    February 7, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  143. Cesar

    Iwould go to other sources or websites to see if they have the same information about it to see if it is real

    February 7, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  144. Nancy

    I say its not true because an octopus can not live out of water, so how can it live in a tree. Some students should really pay attenion what their reading so they can get the full understanding of what their reading. Anyways about an octopus needs water so survive not oxygen like dogs or cats or people it needs water.so i say that is is not true.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  145. Eliseo

    I think that people should be able to know what there reading is fake or real.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
  146. Isis

    It is just common sense you should know that octopuses can not breath on land because they are water animals and can not breathe air it is common sense just common sense

    February 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  147. eric

    What i think about this octopus thing is that its fake and not real. Its just like a fiction story by the graphic pictures i seen they look unreal.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  148. Maliek

    An excellent source to check facts is an university library, a local library, or check with an expert in the field. It is your choice to believe what you read, but there are many ways to check actual facts and figures.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  149. shawn

    I think that that was mean because it might start something the kids like pass it on to other people and start a hole rumor about it.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  150. nerissa

    why would they make a fake website about an animal that doesnt exist. thats not right. do they know how many kids will believe thenm if they saw it! I dont think that people should do that because then the kids are missinformed.!

    February 7, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  151. tasha

    i think that they shouldnt believe what they read on the internet because most things are not real. if you were to believe everything on the internet, you would be really gullible. when you read things on the internet, you want to make sure that there is an authors name at the bottom of the site.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  152. teresa

    You can simply pick the right website, such as like Nation Geographic, something you know someone can't mess around on. Sites like wiki answers and about com, yeah they could be true have a few good facts but anyone can go on & change it or even answer. You never believe anything until you've found it in more than one place. You can't go and basic something on only hearing it from one source.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  153. Omar

    The simplest method of verifying what's true and whats not is using commonsense.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  154. Winston

    I think that over 99% of the internet is what my dad calls "World Wide Garbage" and this is a perfect example of peolpe just following because theycant be a leader.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  155. Josh

    I think this is good because it shows how lazy the teachers are

    February 7, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  156. Bailey

    I think People all over the world have read something online and belived it, when it is not true. Something students could do is for example: I'm doing a project on Clothing, you could look up something about that topic, then go to another website and compair answers. Then you have a more likely right answer.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  157. Emilee

    A lot of things that you read online are not true. For example, Answers.com and Wikipedia.com are websites where people can upload their own information. Websites the end with .gov and .edu are good websites to go to for research because no one can add their own information.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  158. Noah

    I dont thing it is real because it is an octopus. They need water. They are like fish that live in the water. Octpuss' cant walk on land without there tentacles geting dry. I think it is fake. But that is my opinion?

    February 7, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  159. McKenzie

    A lot of people are social websites are not who they say they are. Its the same thing with a lot of information that are on websites. Most things that you read are untrue and aren't even remotely true. Make sure you keep that in mind the next time you are doing research, and also the next time you are on a social networking sight.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  160. Eliza

    I think that the hoax was a good one. I think this because kids (and adults) need to learn not to trust everything they learn on the internet. And by learn I mean find. It was a great lesson learned.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  161. Josh

    You shouldn't always believe stuff thats on the internet. When people put stuff on the internet they should have to send it somewhere for that information to be checked out, and if they find something that proves it real then they can put it on the internet and if not its fake.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  162. Hannnah

    I think thats a great way to show children that not everything you read is true. How do you know if its true or not. You go to other web pages see if the info is close and ask a teacher for help!

    February 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  163. Sarah

    OH my gosh it makes me so mad. What if you need to write a paper and you teacher finds out it is not real. I say don't belive it. Use somthing that you can trust. Like a book. Like all the teachers say read more. I know a kid that read the dictionary. Be more like her.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  164. aaron

    The tree ocopuse is not real however the octopuse can breath on land

    February 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  165. jarrod

    you should use three or more sources

    February 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  166. Josh & Angel .

    You can check other sites and see if they have the same answer as the one you read. You also could ask someone if they know if its right or not. Also use information that you already know to make sure its right.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  167. Sarah

    Why can't kids go to the library. It is a good place to read and you can learn a lot from a book. I go there n the summer so i can read. It is a good place to get information. We are all so tec now. All any one does is text or get on the computer. We need to go back to the books it is the best way to go. GO BOOKS!!!!

    February 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  168. Micah

    I think that not every website should be read because because websites where you can change the answers too may not have the right information kind of like the tree octopus. I do not think the tree octopus is real because almost all octupus need water.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  169. Emily & Brent

    I can make sure that what i read online is the truth by looking in encylopedia after i look at something online that i dont think would be true. Another way that you can check to see if a online artcile is true is to check the information with another website.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  170. Ciara and Chloe

    * Check multiple sources
    * Check with other people like teachers/parents/other students
    * Use encycoepedia
    * Based on the Tree Octupus story find sited sources on the website
    * Think about the story and think if it could be true

    February 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  171. andrew

    find multiple and supporting facts.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  172. Brandon

    I think you should search it a little more and make sure that there actualy is such a thing.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  173. brooks

    There need to be facts before i beleive anything online

    February 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  174. Alvaro

    I think that the people that usually go online to do a research on anything really should pay attention on it and also to check other pages because people are just click on the first link it comes out...

    February 7, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  175. Marianna

    I think that maybe there could be a site that people can post things like google but it is a monitered site so before something is posted it goes through something to asure that it i true. But of course, google will still be there for us to use still. I think though that there are things you can do even now to help yourself be sure things are true. Like, for example, wikipedia is something you should avoid when looking for facts. We all know that that is just people typing opinions are what thy think they know. Sometimes they are right, but alot of time they re not.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  176. Brock

    To make sure that what you read online is the truth is to find a paper reference book; ie dictionary; and check.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  177. Ariel

    To make shore it is true i would also look it up in a book or something
    like that. Pretty much other sources.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  178. Ms. Monier's Homeroom

    You should check the validity of information based on how many sites offer the same results.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  179. jordan

    go to other websites like wikipedia and look for the tree octopus or what ever subject it may be

    February 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  180. Destiny

    honesty i dont think their can be a way to be able to tell if the information on the internet is true or false. I really think people should really read it and and think to them self if its true.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  181. cameron

    i think alot of people will believe the octopus thing they will think it is real

    February 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  182. Chandler

    What we could do as students is if we see a website, and we think it might be wrong, we could check another website to see if there is really such a thing. As parents/teachers, we could tell the kids that is wrong and why.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  183. Ethan

    You can't belive everything you see or read online, 75% of all online blogs are full of made up stuff and statisticks.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  184. Brock

    You can't believe everything you read online because more than 50% of people who post things are known to lie.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  185. christian

    i do not think that the tree octpus is really at all

    February 7, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  186. megan

    you can see inside the magazeins books other things you can search into.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  187. Ian

    Probably you should check for more citings of it online before you go and believe it. You never know the scams people are telling you online.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  188. joe

    Go to three or more websites and if they have the same answe it is reliable

    February 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  189. Ethan

    A good way to make sure that the information you are using is true you should check it on other sites and in other books like a animal fact book.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  190. Ethan

    People just make up crazy things that are interesting so people will notice. 75 % online blogs are full of lies and made up stuff just so they can sound cool.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  191. Room3

    1. Check other sites.
    2. Ask adults, teachers, parents, etc.
    3. Look at up to date printed sources (encyclopedia-if it really were an animal, it probably would even be in an old encyclopedia...)
    4. Look at the author of the site (agency)
    5. Pay attention! Duh! Does it make any sense?!

    February 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  192. Carson

    I'm amazed that the 7th graders would actually think that was true

    February 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  193. Tyler

    I have ben to the website and most of the pictures were very easy to belive in. I don't know why people can be so gullable to this.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  194. Rachelle

    I really don't know what i would really believe because i will admit it does look authentic .But it still looks fake and i know that people make up things all the time on the internet . I mean take Wikipedia for example anybody could edit it and they can make it look real. To be a hundred percent sure look in a dictionary or a encyclopedia .

    February 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  195. logan

    i think if you look for something online you should check multiple websites and see if they say the same same thing before you believe it

    February 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  196. Teresa

    People need to verify what they read. If people believe everything they get off the internet, then America is going to be even more ignorant than they already are.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  197. Dustin

    I don't be leave internet tell me

    February 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  198. Ben

    I went to there site and they made it sound very belivable. They even made up a scientifict name for it! I know that there are many other websites that are fake too, but are not tests. So that means that kids should be careful, especailly the younger ones.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  199. Tyler

    I can search it and see if there are more than one website .

    February 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  200. Jesse

    I think it is not real

    February 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  201. Ethan

    People lie about everything on thier blogs. Like that Superman would own Batman in a fight blog I saw it had tons of made up statisicts like superman can lift up 9 quintillion pounds wich has 12 zeros, 12 zeros is a trillion. To sum it up 75% of all online blogs have made up junk in them.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  202. all3y

    everyone should really double check on multiple websites while using the internet to do your homework. =)

    February 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  203. Kamren

    well i thing i octopus wouldn't survive with out water so there wouldn't be such thing as a tree octopus and but if i didn't know it wasn't real then ya maby i would believe the tree octopus

    .... and um Carl I'm a BIG fan

    February 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  204. Georgia

    They should not believe it because there are a lot of people that will wright any thing. Like you dont know who they are,and they put the web site up to see if kids/people will believe it.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  205. skyler

    NO, I do not believe everything I see on the internet.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  206. courtney

    All the suff on internet it is NOT real.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  207. Ethan

    75% of all online blogs are made up stuff.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  208. kayligh

    It"s not true about that it"s fake but it crazy and tree octopus because you should it be real or not real but . I do not believe it no.Why i don"t think about it and i don"t see.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  209. Alexis

    Well what I do is look it up on the internet and then I look it up in a book or ask my parents if what I read was true. I think that if you look it up in a book then your parents say that it is true that it most likely is going to be true! But I might be wrong. That is just what I think.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  210. Ethan

    The Octopus lives in water not trees it's no the mokey tree octopus, you can't belive whats online. 75% of all online blogs are made up stuff.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  211. Jordan

    You can't always tell if it's fake or the truth because a lot of the stuff on the internet is mostly made up stuff. You can also research it in an animal fact book.
    P.S I watch \your show everyday in social studies =]

    February 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  212. karen

    i think you should always should check your info because you never know if its fake and you shouldn't believe everything they put on the internet

    February 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  213. Bronwyn

    First you should always check your information! If something sounds some what questionable research it. you can't always belive everything you hear or see. Their is a lot of false info on the internet. and obveously there is no such thing as a tree octopus. just think about it!

    February 7, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  214. Luke

    It depends on whoever wrote it, if you trust the person or not.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  215. Pedro

    who really believed in a tree octopus

    February 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  216. Katelyn

    Make sure your on an educational site. Check other sites to see if they have the same answers as the website your currently on. For the best results on a report just go to the library and pick up a book

    February 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  217. Christo

    They should ask an adult to see it or they should see the person who made this website!

    February 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  218. Mark

    Something you could do to make sure the information you find online is accurate is to check other sites and see if the information is relevant. If the two websites have totally different information about the object you will know one site must be wrong.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  219. Samantha

    To make sure what you read online is the truth you can read more than one website, or research it in a book. Just use many sources and if they all have the same info then you know it has to be true.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  220. alvon

    I think that when you look up something you can be more careful what you looking up and go to a site were you think is good

    February 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  221. Jamie

    Sometimes, two different websites say two totally different things. Most websites you Google aren't trusted websites, just websites people make when they think they know all about one thing. So, you should use websites like World Book ,encyclopedia websites and just to check if something is right get a normal encyclopedia book and check because you can't always trust what's on the internet.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  222. juan

    i will search in at least two webpages that way i will know what is right or what is wrong

    February 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  223. Alexis

    To make sure these articles are stating the truth on the websites I would go a local or school library and try to find a book about it. There you could compare them and she whats the real truth. This would also help kids to read more and not spend so much time going and relying on the internet.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  224. Michael

    I think you should look were the pictures are from. The pictures could be from a place were you can edit the pictures into something else. If you find a site search it and see if it is a picture downloading site or a picture editing site. If you can edit the picture it is fake therefore the website is fake.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  225. patricio

    I think it's not True because Octopus are only in the water there is no tree Octopus. If they think that there is a tree octopus they are wrong.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  226. Victor

    What I would do to make sure my info. is right would be to go onto a different site and see if they wrote the same thing or something close to it. What would be the likely hood that 2 sites posted the same fake information?

    February 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  227. juan

    that is awesome tree octopus that what most of the kids would say search in more sites that will give you the right answer

    February 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  228. karen

    One thing that i would is that i would go to library and look for the book that speaks about the Tree Octopus and i could see if is real or not. 🙂

    February 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  229. Sabrina

    I'm really not sure what you could do to make sure that what you read online is true.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  230. sofia

    Well, one way I think kids can tell the difference is by typing in .org or .net but, I think it would still be hard to tell the difference.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  231. Brenna

    You really can't. Some people lie for publicity for thier websites and others just to see if you believe it. On the other hand some base it on their beliefes sthat might not be believed by some people.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  232. Nicole

    More and more people are using the internet to help them out with things like reports and assignments, but we can't always tell if it's true, I think each site that wants to be helpful to people should get a seal or stamp of approval from people who know the truth like teachers or even the government. Yes people will probably find a way to copy this seal, so I'm not sure what we can do.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  233. Jaeger

    There are a couple of different ways to check that the info is good. You can check the source of the site and see it's credibility of the information you're getting or you can check several different sites and see how much of the information matches up.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  234. Panda

    I would go to a site that I know is factual. If I had to judge, then I would go to 2 sited and see if they say the same fact.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  235. Rachel

    I would check other sites about octopuses and see if they have a tree octopus. If they don't then its not true. If it does I'm surprised

    February 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  236. jose

    i think that you should see if other sites have the same thing.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  237. Tyler

    You could look at more than just online because you can become dependent on it if you use it to much. You could use an Encyclopedia or a World Book.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  238. Carly

    You can check more than one site to make sure the information is true.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  239. Myranda

    Some of the things you can do to prove that the things you read online is to check other cites. Also you can just k=not go online and do it the old fashion way and read books for your information.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  240. Tianna

    You could look at one website and then look at another and if they are different look at a 3rd website to see if 2 websites have the same answer....

    February 7, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  241. Josh

    To make sure what you read online is the truth you check for more Sources on the topic if there are none then its probably not true

    February 7, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  242. francisco

    go to different web pages plus if there were tree octopus they would have a book a about it

    February 7, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  243. Christian

    Well if your in school just go to a verified website like a website your teachers use or check two sites for one fact. It is very easy when you think about it.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  244. Seth

    to confirm facts, students should check other cites for the same information

    February 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  245. Kyle

    One way you can make sure about online information is to use school registered sties. Unless searching answers on Google, World Book is a great school site.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  246. Miss

    Some things I can do to make sure what I read online is the truth are check to see if I can find more sources with the same information, data, etc.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  247. Lillian

    Something you can do to see if its true is it should be on 3 or more websites. Another ways is to see if its in the news paper,or even on the news.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  248. kelsi

    One way to know if something on the internet is real would be to reread the information. For example a tree octopusis not real because, a regular octopus lives in the ocean and it has gills.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  249. gaby

    what you can make sure that what you are reading is true by going on more than two sites than just one.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  250. Dominique

    Check every book, website, and blog possible and see if what i see online if correct or a lie.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  251. Savannah

    To make sure that what I read online is true, I can look for different websites on the same subject. If there is only one subject on it, then it's probably not true.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  252. John

    To know that things you read online is true, you can go to lots of different websites to make sure that the facts stated in the original website is true and not fake.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  253. Lisa

    One way to make sure that your website is real is, find more than one website about it. Or find a book about it (:

    February 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  254. Jimmy

    What I can do to make sure that what I read online is truth is by visiting other websites to make sure that what I just read is correct.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  255. Michael

    What I can do to make sure that what I read online is the truth are by checking every website about the tree octopus and finding the truth.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  256. layla

    how would i make sure what i read online is true?
    i would get more information about the fake tree octopus online

    February 7, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  257. caden

    the way i can see if the website is telling the truth is check another website

    February 7, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  258. shawn

    octupus cant liuve in trees they need water

    February 7, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  259. Aubrey

    a way that I can make sure that something on the internet is real is to read the information to see if it makes sense

    February 7, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  260. Griffin

    You sould be checking all of your sources before you do a research paper or anything loike that.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  261. Ben

    On the internet, I can check if what I read is real by: Check multiple websites to see if it is real.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  262. david

    The ways that they can be sure is double checking. Wikipedia is a pretty good resource. They might have to venture to the far depths of Google to find out too. A other way to check is if its a picture, you can look closely and see if its photoshopped

    February 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  263. Christopher

    You can make sure a website is real by common sense, or just by looking for another website on it

    February 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  264. Sean

    I can check more than one website, in order to check the information using more than one source.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  265. Adam

    Tofind out what if something i read online is true i read the article to see if it even makes sense

    February 7, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  266. Daniel

    I've been on the internet many times, and when I was younger, I got tricked by what I read online as well. Eventually, I learned to check many different other sorces such as other sites, books, or even my parents to be certain if something is true or not. Students should try to look on other sorces to find what's true online, and even if they don't do that, they still should have enough common sence to figure it out!

    February 7, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  267. Austin

    to make sure that internet info. is correct check multiple websites for info.

    February 7, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  268. blake

    check several website.

    February 7, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  269. maggie

    i think that the octupus story is fake just becouse you see it online does not mean it true somethings that they online are made up some of them are true put i belive that the octopus story is not true

    maggie

    February 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  270. Tyler

    I don't think that the tree octopus is real

    February 7, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  271. shakiel

    You should go get a book and read it and it will tell you the truth about the writeing.

    February 7, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  272. Caroline

    I think the way to make sure what you are reading is true is to check another website . If they have the same information then it is true if they do not then the information is wrong .

    February 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  273. Cheyenne

    Believing what you see can't always be the truth.People should look in the old books to see if the thing they are looking at is true.

    February 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  274. Rhiannon

    it is fake because there are no books or other website to it

    February 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  275. ChRiStOpHeR

    if you can see if it is true you can go to an local library to see if it is fake or real.

    February 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  276. brittany

    You can probably look in your local libary to see of they have any infromation on the website infromation to see if it is true or not or you can just never get on inernet websites with infromation and facts. When I see websites with infromation I usaully dont beleive it.

    February 7, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  277. LISA

    to find out it is true go to ask.com and ask if it is true because that is what i would do.......

    February 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  278. bookoo

    I think that kids should just go to google and search it and find a book if it doesn't find a book it is FAKE.

    February 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  279. MARIO

    to find out if it is true go to ask.com and say "is the tree octopus article true."

    February 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  280. Bonique

    you can know by looking into books and other internet resources. Look in old books and see if it's in them

    February 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  281. LISA

    if you want to find out if something is real you can check out a book and if you dont find "the tree octopus" then it may not be real.......

    February 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  282. IAN

    one thing that you could do is search other websites so you know that it might be true or you can ask other people that are around you like your family

    February 7, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  283. chipper

    I say that the tree octopus is not even ture because I never seen one in my life and now on and the only way that I know is that I have to see it on the tv's news that is how I now if it is true or not.

    February 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  284. Adrian

    why do teachers make there students do a project on the "tree octopus" even though it doesn't exsist.

    February 7, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  285. Cassidy

    To be able to tell if something is true or not, you should look at several sources, not just one. We shouldn't even have to second guess if the information on a website is real, the internet should make some new technology to tell us if the info. is legit or not.

    February 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  286. LeAnn

    I think that since it is considered the technology generation many people want to believe everything that is on the internet because they spend allot of hours on their cell phones,computers,lab tops,ipods, and ext. so it isn't really shocking that the 7th graders automatically believed what was on the internet since it is the technology generation

    February 7, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  287. James

    It seems very funny but why would anyone want to do that to make people think that there really is a tree octopus.

    February 7, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  288. Skylar

    Honestly, you can't be sure that what you read online is true.

    February 7, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  289. shannon

    the 7th graders should have checked to see who knew about such a thing as the tree octopus other than belivewhat that sight said. you shoul not belive everything you see on the internet.

    February 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  290. Hannah

    This is absouloutly rediculas I mean, who would believe this? NOT ME!!

    February 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  291. Matt

    One thing all people should do when researching online is to check multiple resourses to make sure all the facts line up. If one website says one thing another doesnt or doesnt say something the other does then go to a trusted adult for their opinion.

    February 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  292. camryn

    I think that when people post something or put something in a magizene that is not true they should not put the story to public.

    February 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  293. Paul

    To check if a website is right you should check other sources and compare as well.

    February 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  294. Sandra

    I think one should always compare texts from the internet with books or magazines.
    Internet is not the only source to get information from, but obviously the one most frequently used. Especially by the youth.
    I also do my research for school by clicking through various sites and comparing information, but I also use books and articles, interviewes, etc.
    If there are many independent (!) sources now, claiming the same thing to be true, I guess you can believe it.
    But one must not forget: Also books can contain mistakes, and not all you hear or read can be true.
    So it's up to us to decide and to question certain things critically in order to form our own opinions.

    February 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  295. Christina

    I think we shouldnt believe everything we read on the web. Theres people out there who think everything on the web is true, and legit, and they spread it around and make it juicer so it just ends up being this big lie or hoax. You shouldn believe eveything on the web, a person can just be making a hoax just to see the people who would beleve it.

    February 7, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  296. Allison

    There is no way we can be sure everything we read online is true, but the best way to make sure you don't have false information from the internet is just to know there are a lot of false sources and anyone can post any information. A lot of sites do have correct information but we should always make a habit of checking books.

    February 7, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  297. megan

    i think the octopus tree is not real those kids ned to stop making things up

    February 7, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  298. Bridget

    Creating a fake website is untruthful and mean to kids. When someone says something, people normally believe them. Kids would here these things, and tell other kids, who would tell other kids and so on. After people found out that the tree octopus was fake, rumors would go around saying that that person was a liar, even though they really weren't.

    February 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  299. Alexsys

    You can see if there is other information like that on other websites. Or just go to the library.
    If I was one of those kids, I would've ask the teacher to give me extra credit for doing all that work for no reason.

    February 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  300. gianluca

    to make sure something that you read is true you should find some other website that supports it or a book about the subject.

    February 7, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  301. Nora

    You can look to other websties to make sure they have the same facts.

    February 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  302. Cory

    Kids today don't seem to know what double check means. When they read a website (especially Wikipedia) go to a second site, if they say different things assume their both wrong and find another.

    February 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  303. Aaron

    You can't always tell what online is true. I think teachers should limit the number of facts you get from the interneton reports.

    February 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  304. Misty

    We've always been taught to check around on other sites for more information. Obviously they didn't think about that while reading the information. Always check to see if the information's accurate, because someone may find it and use it to write a report, and then find out he failed because it didn't even exist!

    February 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  305. sonia

    when your online researching things you should look at different websites and if there are the same info on each website then it's most likely true.

    February 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  306. Grace

    You could just believe what you think it is.Otherwise you could ask lots of people and see what they think.People shouldnt put fake stuff on the internet because it can cause trouble and it confuses people.

    February 7, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  307. Jack

    You can cross-check your sources with other reliable sources(books, newspapers, etc.) or you can go on a website that you know is reliable.

    February 7, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  308. Kristina

    I would have believed...honestly..if a teacher were to tell our class we had to do the report. I would have been shocked, but no questions asked.

    February 7, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  309. josephine

    look at websites that my teachers recommend to use.

    February 7, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  310. Kristina

    I wpould have thought that the teacher was crazy to make us do a report on a 'tree octopus' but then again there are new discoveries going on every single day. Plus...how would an octopus get in a tree anyways? I would think that it would be a little difficult to climb with such tiny suction cups.

    February 7, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  311. Theresa

    I think that students should try and have more than one source. Instead of just copying down what a site says actually read it and think about if it makes sense. I went on that site today and I can't believe kids actually thought this was true and I'm a seventh grader too. Some of the stuff on the site didn't even make sense. I think we should do just a little extra research to make sure it is really true and if it doesn't make sense you should ask an adult about it.

    February 7, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
  312. Maddie

    By checking multiple online sources on the internet or even going way back to the "rock ages" when encyclopedias ruled the land can increase the accuracy of your report. You can never be too careful when dealing with the internet.

    February 7, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
  313. Goss

    The U.S. government could set up people to check each website to make sure the facts are valid. It would help education a lot because classes are starting to use technology. Or students should just put more effort to check to make sure it is valid.

    February 7, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
  314. Ariana

    I think that if something on the internet is true (factual info), then it should have a seal or a stamp to prove that it is a true fact! It may be a LONG process but I would rather know the facts than the fakes!!!

    February 7, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
  315. Lauren

    Wow, I can't believe this. If a teacher of mine gave me an assignment on, for example, "cloud frogs", I wouldn't be so quick to say it was real.

    February 7, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
  316. shelbie

    It's hard to know whats real and whats not real. So I would do most research at a library to know that the information is accurate!

    February 7, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
  317. kimberly

    I think that some plp shouldn't waste time typing on the computer a bunch of garbage just because they can't do anything else that would actually help plp,not make them get bad grades.

    February 7, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
  318. kimberly

    i think that maybe you should always check who published the articles or websites to see if they are not just a scam.

    February 7, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
  319. Jordan

    One easy way to determine the validity of something online is to check and see if there are other articles on the internet about the same thing

    February 7, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
  320. Emily

    tree octopus really this is just a scam a lie if they want to know the truth go on to google it good but most websites dont really tell you tha truth so i do not belive in th "tree octopus" as they call it.

    February 7, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
  321. Jordan

    Kids can look for similar content on other websites to see if the infromation is verifiable. Also, they can look at the publisher and writer of the website, to see if the names are dependable and possibly well-known.

    February 7, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
  322. Mekalah

    I think that kids need to check out multiple sites to see if something is really true. What would have happened if there was a project that was on an animal and someone did the tree octopus only to find out it isnt true! Double checking for something like a seal of approval or sources where the person got it from is more believable.

    February 7, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
  323. krystal

    to make sure what you read online is true, find a multiple websites that show the same facts.

    February 7, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
  324. Cynthia

    To make sure what you read on the internet is true, you could ask on google etc. a question you already know and see if its true you would know that some part of the internet is true. Or if someone says its not true than you know the other part of the internet is wrong.

    February 7, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
  325. Lizzy

    I think that you shouldn't believe everything on the internet it could not be real so think before you believe because what if its not real then you tell your friends its real then you guys might get in a fight between who is right or wrong

    Not to brag but i don't really believen a tree octopus

    February 7, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
  326. brittany

    I believe that people should believe what their heart tells them is right. Also that they should believe only things that they can prove is right. But also people have the right to disagree . I find it hard for myself to believe every thing that I see on the enternet . Because i know that many things people say are lies.So this is why you should never believe everything everyone says is true.

    February 7, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
  327. Raquel

    Hi
    the websites I use are my teachers links because I trust her and her judjement.

    February 7, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
  328. Kuba

    This story also shocked me and i'm surprised.Thats because when I am doing a project the first thing my teacher tells me to do is check at least five websites to see if the info i'm getting is used more than once.If so it's more than 80% true.If I only see it once I don't use that info.I thought teachers told their students that from a young age so that this doesn't happen. But apparently not.I hope this was a lesson to all teachers that watch this show.

    February 7, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
  329. Brayden

    Nothing, you should know the boundries on whats real and whats not, A tree octopus....REALLY!

    February 7, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
  330. Alexkin

    I think people should really look up sources on their school servers

    February 7, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
  331. Graham

    Its helpful to judge if something is real if they have proven facts, legitimate pictures, and reliable sources to back up their information

    February 7, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
  332. Erin

    Sometimes, common sense tells you if something is true or not. An Octopus can NOT live without water, so how can it live in a tree? However, you can also search things to tell if something is true or not. The majority of what people say is most likely the answer, but not always. Don't believe everything you see or hear!

    February 7, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
  333. Cecelia

    Some ways to make sure that what you're reading is true is one to look it up and see if any other website, books, ect. says anything about it. Another way is to ask an adult or a friend if they have heard about it. If no one or no other place says anything about it most likely it not ligit.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
  334. Isaiah

    I think theres nothing you can do except use your critical thinking and check your sources

    February 7, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
  335. Sarah

    Well, if a teacher told you that the animal was real, you may be quick to accept it is, because teachers are suppsed to tell the truth about stuff like that. But you can't always believe that stuff online is true, because ANYTHING can be said online.

    First off, always be wary about what you read online. People can lie very easily online because there's no real way to make sure that person is telling the truth or not. Always assume that what you read online from sites where multiple people can talk is false.

    Also, I looked at the photos myself that they had on their and most of them you could tell were edited by someone. If you see pictures like those on sites, then you can assume who ever took them is lying about what they saw. It's pretty obvious that atleast half the sightings wree photoshopped, and it's apparent that those photos were unrealiable. AS for the video, the "tree octopus" could be a robot they used to look like an actual octopus moving.

    Be careful online, because you never know when people are trying to trick you into thinking something, like this school did.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
  336. Nolan

    Internet dosent always tell the truth, if I where you I would not trust the website. I belive the tree octopuses are a hoax.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
  337. john

    i think the tree octopus is a fake i mean a octopus would need water to surive in the wiled

    February 7, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
  338. jimi

    In my science class, my teacher showed us the northwestern pacific tree octopus as an example of a research site not to go to, so the ways he told us to avoid these phony websites is by going to a url adress that ends in .gov, .edu, and .net.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
  339. steven

    its crazy that people would think that the tree octopus is real !

    February 7, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
  340. Bethany

    Hit the books! The majority of nonfiction books are really nonfiction.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
  341. Paige

    Making sure that the website is dependable and that it has had a factual history. For example, a lot of the website that my class and I use are .gov and/or .org sites because they are reliable.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
  342. Steven

    I dont beleive everything on the internet but its very convincing when you look at it.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  343. Marcos

    First I Google it to see for other websites. Then I would asks friends and family about it.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  344. Joyy

    You can make sure what you read online is true by only getting information from websites that are reliable, or those that you know you can trust. You can tell if sites are reliable or not by .com/ .org/.gov/.net. Commercial is the least reliable because they do not always have the right info.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  345. Rahul

    To ensure my information is correct, I would probably use multiple resources and match up information. If there is a huge discrepancy between two different sources, you know something is fishy.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
  346. Matthew

    I think that you should check all sources and make sure they are reliable such as a university or a well known encyclopedia. Also, I think it is in teachers' best interest that they work on finding reliable sources for their students, not to do the work for them, but to make sure that they know how to find a source. Many schools are also using a subscription service that provides reliable primary and secondary sources.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:30 am |
  347. jleicester

    Many years ago our history teacher told us of a lesson they conducted the year before.

    On a whim he had decided to take an hour to tell the class total rubbish and see if they believed him. They did completely.

    So it's not just the Internet. The real lesson he gave them (and us) was about verifying sources, it was applicable then and will remain so.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:14 am |
  348. Donald

    Why would you believe something like that without real prove, like you really saw it in life. Plus what gets me is that kids like 7th graders really believe that the Internet tells the truth. Sometime's you just have to get more details when something like wiggles up.

    February 8, 2011 at 6:20 am |
  349. Abbie

    if it sounds fake and you've never heard of it before...then it's probably not real.

    February 8, 2011 at 6:38 am |
  350. Kaitlyn

    You honestly can't tell if the passage you are reading is true. The best thing to do is to ask a colleague or teacher. Also you can check the sources.

    February 8, 2011 at 6:42 am |
  351. Luke

    I think checking sources is a great idea, because if the source of that information is not well known or not existing, that can be fake. To make sure, you can check other sites, because if that is true, it would be on other sites, too.

    February 8, 2011 at 8:24 am |
  352. Harris

    You could find atleast three diffrent websites with the same animal...ad read all of them and if the dates and facts come to match eachother you could say it's real.

    February 8, 2011 at 8:26 am |
  353. Arielle

    you can never be sure.instead of taking the information is true go to a local library and find the facts. recent news is always hard track down and sometimes you do need the internet to find information. you would just need to use your intelligence to figure out if the its factual or not.

    February 8, 2011 at 8:35 am |
  354. Arielle

    you can never be sure.instead of taking the information is true go to a local library and find the facts. recent news is always hard track down, and sometimes you do need the internet to find information. you would just need to use your intelligence to figure out if the its factual or not.

    February 8, 2011 at 8:36 am |
  355. Arielle

    you can never be sure. Instead of taking the information is true go to a local library and find the facts. recent news is always hard track down, and sometimes you do need the internet to find information. you would just need to use your intelligence to figure out if the its factual or not.

    February 8, 2011 at 8:37 am |
  356. Justin

    I think I can make sure what I read is true by searching related words to the topic in a recent internet dictionary. I actually use to do that when I find something online. However, the problem of this solution is that there are some topics that actually have right words but actuallly is a hoax...

    February 8, 2011 at 8:43 am |
  357. Justin

    I live in Korea, and in Korea there's a lot of fake info on the internet. Some of them are so realistic, I can't figure it out if it's true either! So in South Korea, you should rather believe in information in books than info on the internet.

    February 8, 2011 at 8:47 am |
  358. Emily

    There's this great website that my school learned about in our History and English classes called Boolify. This website lets you put in what you want to come out for a search. This can help you narrow down your choices to the real deal.

    February 8, 2011 at 9:12 am |
  359. j

    i dont belive anything unless it posted by my girl friend

    February 8, 2011 at 9:25 am |
  360. Grace

    You could see if you have heard of it anywhere else. Look at the information, does it make sense? you could also see if it is from a trusted source or just some person putting the info out there to confuse other people.

    February 8, 2011 at 9:33 am |
  361. Anthony

    it sounds crazy but, find were it lives and "try" to find it. knowing 7th graders they'll get bored and leave because they'll never I mean "NEVER" find a tree octopus.

    February 8, 2011 at 9:49 am |
  362. Brian and Mo

    Here's how we know what to believe...if we hear it on CNN Student News coming directly from Carl's mouth, then we know it's true!

    February 8, 2011 at 10:02 am |
  363. zach

    i think the tree octopus is non true because for one trees do not leave in the ocean and a octopus does leave in the ocean and it just part of a imagination of foolish people and kids.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:06 am |
  364. Robby

    There is no way to tell if something is real or not you can only check other sites and hope that they are all truthful.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:30 am |
  365. Richard.

    I think kids should be more aware that not everything you read in books or see in the tabloids isn't true. They need to be more careful about the things they choose to believe.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:37 am |
  366. Richard

    I think kids should be more aware that not everything you read in books or see in the tabloids isn't true. They need to be more careful about the things they choose to believe.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  367. lewis

    No i hardly even believe that a octopus exists on a tree. Anyone could write anything about everything. Wow i have a tree in my back yard so that means i have a octopus in my tree how fascinating. Who knows it might be true.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:39 am |
  368. zhane

    I think the website they were listening to was a bad idea because it could be the case where wikipedia was able to be changed by any random person. so maybe this website could be changed that the kids have been looking at.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  369. Alora

    You can see if the post is just on that one website, and if it is on more than one, it is probably correct/true.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  370. Bailey

    I think to confirm the information that you read online is true by looking simply at the source and the website. Most times the information is obvious if it is intended not to be true but if you are in doubt you could always go to a search site like wikipedia and try and fix the confusion.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:58 am |
  371. ally

    You just have to like think and see if that can really happen in real life and if it has pictures see if someone could really take those. if they cant you know it will be fake obvi, and not believe it. also you can look at the page and see if the publishers are legit and stuff like that

    February 8, 2011 at 10:59 am |
  372. Alan

    It really is sad to see kids believeing everything they see on the internet. Its hard for younger kids to tell the difference with real and fake especially with programs such as photoshop and gimp that let nearly anybody make a fake picture look real and comletely believable. Im not sure if we can, but kids need to be taught at least a little bit about internet safety so they dont wind up in a bad situation.

    February 8, 2011 at 11:00 am |
  373. Jasmine

    You can look it up on Google, on websites that you believe are real. This sometimes not be accurate also, so you should ask teachers, parents, or people you know have understandings of things. Most information you read or hear about isn't always true. You have to do a complete search on things that sound "shady" .

    February 8, 2011 at 11:00 am |
  374. Brooks

    Yes, you most definetly have to check your sources. Whether it's for a project for school or trying to contact somebody that might help you to get a job in the movie business, you want the right information. As you can see from this article, information can be powerful, and if you get the wrong info, your going to be in trouble. Validate your source, you'll be happy that you did.

    February 8, 2011 at 11:01 am |
  375. Thomas

    you can check many other sites and see if they have similar posts

    February 8, 2011 at 11:03 am |
  376. Hillari

    As a person who doesnt believe in thing/animals, until I see it for myself. I would think you can look online to a website and try to look it up don't use wikipedia because anybody can put information on that site.

    February 8, 2011 at 11:04 am |
  377. jaer

    there was alot of in accurate documents toward this so called tree octopus. I have never heard of a tree octopus. why would there be a tree octopus in land. If theere was a tree octopus on land it wouldnt be alled an octopus.

    February 8, 2011 at 11:15 am |
  378. Sergio

    I think people should think whatever they want about stuff on the internet. If they know its true to just use it. If they know its not true to just not use it. I would see if the internet site was a good one before using that site or not using it.

    February 8, 2011 at 11:50 am |
  379. Corey

    What you could do to figure out if it is real or fake is look it up on google or yahoo, call the CIA or the FBI, (but only if you know how and if you know the number to call), you could even talk to a hacker that could help with that. Or people could install something that could help.

    February 8, 2011 at 11:51 am |
  380. colin

    you can go to http://www.snopes.com. it will tell you everything if its true or not

    February 8, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  381. Amanda

    If you hear one thing and you question thats its not real then you should go research it on another site. Everything you hear or see is not the truth so you have to be careful about what you read.

    February 8, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
  382. Danielle

    People should look other sources on the internet to make sure that all of their facts are correct.

    February 8, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
  383. Antonia

    If you want to see if somthing on the internet is true you should look it up and find lots of information supporting it

    February 8, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
  384. Cody

    Most websites are both truth and false. One website that is totally true is snopes.com. That website is totally true. You type in something that you want to see is true it will tell you something that is true not false.

    February 8, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
  385. bryce

    i have seen alot of sights. some are true and some are not true. for example if you were to type in octopus on google. you woud find out alot of info abbout it but some information might not be true.i have allwas used a 2nd or 3rd sight just to make shor.

    February 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
  386. Anthony

    make sure that what your reading is true by using a wider selection of resources

    February 8, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
  387. mikey

    no it just like farry tale yes some are true but not everthin is true!

    February 8, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
  388. matthew

    there is no such thing as a tree octopus it just a scame to get more veiwer

    February 8, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
  389. unknown

    first if something sounds crazy than its probubly not true plus even teachers are wrong dont beleave allways what u read 😉

    February 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  390. Ryan

    the best thing to do is to try and find the root of the information.
    If you can't find where it came from, then you wont be able to confirm its from a reliable source.

    February 8, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  391. Even

    I went to the site and it looks totally legit but if you read some of the stuff you can see that some stuff doesn't fit and if you peace it all together you can tell it's fake.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  392. Jake

    The organizations or companies that own the websites should run a daily review and look over different topics. Obviously some websites cover a lot of info, so they should either look up a couple different topics each day, or have several people look up different topics. mainly, people should just look it up if they think something isn't true.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  393. Michael

    I do beleive that the tree octopus, i have witnessed many sightings of the beast. I see a tree octopus at least 2 times a day. 🙂

    February 8, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  394. Zach

    I believe the tree octopus is not real and is just another fake character like SasQuatch or BigFoot.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  395. Seth

    I personaly believe that the tree octopus is just another way of getting people to talk. This is all fake.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  396. Ryan

    I feel that people are to persistent on the idea that you should believe what you hear. I personally must see something to believe it. This may be the reason for me being athiest but honestly I am not going to believe anything about a tree octopus until i see it with my own eyes.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  397. Bill

    You should check multiple sites to see if the information you read online is the truth. Asking other people for their opinion about what you read online is something you can do.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  398. Jackson

    Online we can use common sense and beleive only things that are seen on numerous web sites.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  399. Daniel

    Whenever I do a report, I do a bibliography and check many sources.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  400. Anes

    I think that we live in a society in which we depend too much on technology. The fact that people believe anything they read on the internet scares me. What if something completely wrong was posted? and people were brainwashed. I think common sense should play a role on what is true and what is not.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  401. tyler

    i don't think that anybody should believe everything they read on the internet. Some things are true but i don't believe a lot of the stuff on the internet. I think that websites that are made by collages are good websites to go on for information about things.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  402. robert

    I do not believe every i read online. I do not believe this stuff because some sites are not accurate. This is because some sites anyone can put information on.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  403. marcus

    No why would i believe everything people put dumb things on there. to see what you found on the internet is true u could look for the answer you got on other websites.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  404. Kelly

    To make sure that your resources are true you should check and see who the author or publisher of the article is by. You should also check various websites to make sure they have similar results.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  405. Tony

    I think the the tree octopus as all lies and was just made up to scare people. One way to check if something is fake or not is by first checking multiple websites on that particular thing. If they all have the same information, then it could possibly be true.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  406. stephen

    I thimk You should not trust what you see online because on facebook som person says thay are 12 ,but the could be 56. So, thats why i don`t Trust people and things online

    February 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  407. Kristina

    To find the real truth about "tree octopuses" go to a library and look up about them in books

    February 8, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  408. Misty

    You could research it further, like on different websites. You could ask teachers or your parents if they have ever heard about it. Also you can research it in books.

    February 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  409. Victoria

    People should only read govenment approved websites if they dont its their own fault they get the wrong information.

    February 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  410. Helen

    I think that people should be more careful and "CART" their answers. To cart is to check all the resources. Reliable author, dates, and information that doesn't seem like it could have a catch. Don't always trust what you read, check with multiple other people and resources first before you spread the lies.

    February 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  411. Kassidy

    My teachers made us do a project on evalulating websites and one of the ones we evaluated was the tree octopuses. I think that more teachers should do this. If not more students-kids could be confused on what to believe since technology is becoming such a large part of our daily lifes. My opinion is that sites such as the tree octopuses should be shut down.

    February 8, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  412. Mia

    TO make sure what you read online is the truth you could always email the website creator and check where THEY got thier info from!

    February 8, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  413. steven

    ITS CRAZY TO THINK THAT A TREE OCTOPUS IS REAL I MEAN COME ON THEY NEED WATER TO LIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  414. Xavier

    It is way to easy to Photo Shop images. There is no "Tree Octopus" unless some random biologist joined forces with a scientist and they did something that makes the platypus what is is. Childeren should not be lied to because they are our next generation.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  415. Aizah

    These kids are saying since they read off the internet that this Tree Octopus is real, that if the internet said that it only snows in America that it would be true, because they read it off the internet? No, unless they have actual proof they shouldn't always believe in what they read.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  416. brandi

    i think that the idea of the whole website was a great idea. but the sad thing is that kids really are believing what they read on the internet,which is not a good thing at all.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  417. duncan

    there is no way to tell if something is true online. fore instance on wiki if you are a member you can change anything and save it and that's what people see. I personaly think its creepy that most of the stough online could be a lie.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  418. Seth

    By asking your teacher.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  419. Brittany

    OK Why Would You Believe Every Thing You Hear? 1/2 Of It Is Non Sence

    February 8, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  420. Izzy

    You should check 3 different sites before assuming one is correct.Just because one says its true doesn't mean its true.

    February 8, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  421. Cassie

    You should use common sense when getting facts of the internet. Also, if many sources say the same thing, then it's most likely true. But if only ONE website says that and if you can't find any other facts on your subject, then it's probably not true.

    February 8, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  422. Aaron

    People could find out about what they were reading about by looking it up (pictures other webs). It's a no brainer that people would try to put fake information. Also they should listen to their teacher they they tell them it;s fake.

    February 8, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  423. Kasey

    There is no way to know if something on the web is truthful, and really, one of the only ways to stop that is to use common sense. I mean some of the stuff you read about online should send some sort of red flag up.

    February 8, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  424. Taylor

    The internet is filled with many facts and false statements. Therefore, there should be websites only for facts, and some only for enjoyment.

    February 8, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  425. Lyssa

    It is so awful how people put lies like that on the internet. Some may believe a silly card or video and then go out saying there is such thing as "real mermaids". They can get embarrassed and who wants to look like a fool only because they believe some weird video,

    February 8, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
  426. tod

    why would somebody believe something like that i would have to see it to believe it

    February 8, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
  427. ashlynn

    its funny how people believe what they hear it can be stupid things somebody said there was a flying squirell THERES NO SUCH THING

    February 8, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
  428. Evan

    Octopuses need water to survive, so I don't think a tree octopus doesn't even exsis.

    February 8, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
  429. Valeria

    there are a zillion documents uploaded on the internet, a great many of them talk about something fake. Anyone is completely allowed to share any kind of things online, nobody needs to be s professional or a anything to upload info for people to read. If one needs information and the internet is the only source available, one might wanna try some specific websites, such as universities' or colleges' websites where sometimes information is available. But no matter what, people will always google anything they may need, so, if googling something is necessary, it is also necessary to make sure that the website you are getting info from is a good one, a reliable one.

    February 8, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
  430. Henry

    i would look at multiple sites to confirm it's truth, making sure each site has a different author

    February 8, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
  431. BobKat

    It is hard not to believe what you see on the internet because you're so used to reliable, accurate sources. I think people should start learning from mistakes and history and stop being so gullible and naive

    February 9, 2011 at 7:24 am |
  432. Lilli

    The tree octopus story doesn't even make any sense. I mean who is going to want to read about that.

    February 9, 2011 at 7:27 am |
  433. Courtney

    Make sure you use many sources not just one. So when you are looking for other sites or in books and you don't find a lot or anything then it most likely isn't true.

    February 9, 2011 at 8:24 am |
  434. Paul

    CHECK YOUR SOURCES..its as simple as that.

    February 9, 2011 at 8:24 am |
  435. Meghan

    i think that you should check different websites, or you should cut back on the URL and see where that article is originally from. And when you look at a website, look at the author.. and if there isn't one you should ask a teacher. Also, if there is a 'edit' button, that source probably isn't reliable.

    February 9, 2011 at 8:27 am |
  436. Nicole

    You should check more than one website to see if you find the same information about your topic. You also could ask a teacher to see if they recognize the website.

    February 9, 2011 at 8:28 am |
  437. Zoey

    I think people just need to learn to check authors, dates, anything that can verify that it's a reliable source. Also checking multiple sources, and if there's the same information on more than one site, then it's probably good information.

    February 9, 2011 at 8:28 am |
  438. Zach

    I think kids need to make sure that what they are reading is correct by checking other web data bases because if there is only one website about the "Tree Octopus" than it is obviously fake.

    February 9, 2011 at 8:29 am |
  439. Miranda

    I thinnk kids are just to gulible lol its so funny

    February 9, 2011 at 10:15 am |
  440. Kayla

    Of course that kids are going to believe everything they read because they believe everything they see on facebook. The kids wouldn't think that a website would lie. or even an adult would lie because they made the tree octupus

    February 9, 2011 at 10:19 am |
  441. Kayla

    I would have believed it was real because i wouldn't think an adult would lie. And if there were pictures i would even believe it even more

    February 9, 2011 at 10:22 am |
  442. miging

    my teacher asigned us a project and we did the tree octupus and it was soo fun i still think it is real!

    February 9, 2011 at 10:26 am |
  443. Human

    That was Weird I've never even heard of a tree octopus COOLNESS!!!

    February 9, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  444. Valerie

    I think its cool how they did that to teach thier student that you can't believe everything you see on the internet. I think that most of us forget that when we are searching the web.

    February 9, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  445. riley

    i think that instead of the teachers making up a website and waisting all of that time they could have actually could hae done a project in class about websites and how to find out how to see if the info. on that website is true or not!

    February 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  446. Julia

    I think they shouldn't even trick people like that its unfair and rude

    February 9, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  447. Kaily

    I dont believe everything that I see on the Internet just like in a magazine.

    February 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  448. zachery

    i think people who write false statements should not be writting that stuff because it is making kids think that the people's stuff they write is real. For example the tree octopuses.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  449. joe

    some times before you look stuff up go and see if somebody wrote a book on it then youll now if its true or not.

    February 9, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
  450. Hannah

    Well...how do they know they're not real even if they haven't seen them?there are lots of thing we haven't found out about,so whatever the Internet said may be real may be not.how do we know for sure?

    February 9, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
  451. Katie

    I definetely recommend double-checking your facts. Sometimes they are not always true, and you can never be sure unless you check your sources and use different resources. Wikipedia is often a bad resource because anyone can change the facts. But often books, encyclopedias, and certainwebsites are never wrong. The Tree Octopus is based on a website by certain people who want to trick people because they think that it is funny. Usually if you know how to really check the Internet, you should be fine.

    February 9, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
  452. lily

    Hahaha! I cant belive someone fell for that ! I thought the world was smarter than that !

    February 9, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  453. Justice

    Checking where you are getting this information and backing the information are great tools. But nothing beats the information in books, no matter how many people think they are outdated.

    February 9, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
  454. Jazmin

    I think that you should never fully trust anything on the internet especially if it’s not a government website, or if it doesn’t show proof of being real. This website about a “tree octopus” is a great example of people believing things without looking them up and just assuming that it is true. To be sure something is true people need to put effort into things to research them and find out if the information you’re receiving is real and not fake.

    February 10, 2011 at 9:20 am |
  455. Mariss

    I think that this is a good exsameple of why you should check a few websites and see if they have the same imformation rather than just finding one website and trusting it and if the information does sound sort of wrong of diffrent you should check a few other websites.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:58 am |
  456. Katrina

    I think that people should use databases in stead of google etc. I even go to google alot and I don't believe what they write is true

    February 10, 2011 at 11:32 am |
  457. Aubrey

    students should not believe every thing they see on the internet because there are people out there puting wrong and misleading information on the interent.

    February 10, 2011 at 11:34 am |
  458. Orrin

    I think it is wrong to put up a fake website becasue some people might think it is true.

    February 10, 2011 at 11:35 am |
  459. makayla

    people should read the site and find another site and read it and get the information to see if its real or not.

    February 10, 2011 at 11:35 am |
  460. jess

    I dont believe anything i read online. I do not believe this stuff because some sites are not accurate. This is because some sites anyone can put information on.

    February 10, 2011 at 11:37 am |
  461. tyson

    when i watch this the pictures did not even look like anything it could of been well anything that is why everbody should no beleave everything the see on the web. if they do they should have 5 or 6 sourses

    February 10, 2011 at 11:40 am |
  462. hannah

    Us students don't know whats true, or not true. How would we know for sure that the interenet had all facts or just stories? It's not our job to find that out, it's the adults that let us believe the stories are true.

    February 10, 2011 at 11:41 am |
  463. hannah

    I think this is a great opportunity to show students that not everything you read on the internet is true. How do we students no is the web sites are true or not?

    February 10, 2011 at 11:43 am |
  464. Dillon

    I think it was a good idea because it helped kids learn that not everything on the internet is real. And that is is easy to create a fake wbbsite/rumor.

    February 10, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  465. Sydnee

    Maybe look for more websites to back up the information and look at the information they give expecially if you have never heard about it until now.

    February 10, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  466. shanda

    i thing that is really dumb how they lie about stuff like that because there are kids out there that dont know if that is true or not and people when they lie about things like that they are the ones who are maken them selfs look bad no one likes liers unless they are one but thats just my oppine because its not true about the tree octopuses.!@!

    February 10, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  467. Nakia

    I think that the best way to make sure that the information on a website is real is to look it up on a different site.

    February 10, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  468. Luke

    I think they should look around on other websites and see if any of them offer the same information. Common sense would have been helpful in this particular situation.

    February 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  469. Paul

    I think People should look at more then one site instead of believing the first thing they see. People could also try using a book.

    February 10, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  470. Jake

    i think that people just need to stop lieing nad to be good pople and to tell the truth. what is this world comming too.

    February 10, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  471. Katie

    To make sure what you are reading on the internet then you should check and see if other websites have the same imformation as the other stuff you found

    February 10, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  472. Guffey

    This whole deal is hilarious, and I see it all the time. Younger folks depend almost entirely on the internet and they never think to question the validity of the 'facts' that they find. I think that there are indeed some reliable internet sources, but anyone who intends to make use of it should really find some form of confirmation for the facts, like primary source documents, books, etc.

    February 10, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  473. isai

    I think doing this will make kids learn that not all of the sites you go to are real information or real topic.

    February 10, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  474. Candi

    I think it is very hard to belive that so many students belived what happened. It makes me think why didn't they use a school aproved site like National Geograpics or a book they could have found the truth.

    February 10, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  475. Danika

    I used to use websites like wikipedia and i used to believe everything on the internet that i read or heard about. I don't anymore, but this is a goodd example of how anyone can put something false online and anyone can believe it.

    February 10, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  476. DREW

    I think that we need to be careful about what we read on the internet because if you need 100% relibale information you might not get what your lookig for even though its kinda funny that this was a trick. 🙂

    February 10, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  477. Adelia

    I think that what happend with the Tree Octopus is understandable. When I readsomething and it's suppose to be true I exspect it to be true exspecialy if I was told by my teacher about it.

    February 10, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  478. Aj

    those people are dumb who believe it!

    February 10, 2011 at 3:36 pm |