Relationships and Communication – Social Media

 Background Information

Social Media describes web services like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other computer-mediated tools that allow you to create, share and exchange information, ideas, pictures, and videos. Social media can be a wonderful tool for connecting with others, staying in touch with friends, and learning about the experiences of others across the globe. However, if you’re not careful with how you create and use your social media presence, you may be revealing more about yourself than you intend to and setting yourself up for trouble, either now or in the future.

Essential Questions

  • How does participating in an “always connected” digital world positively and negatively impact social interactions?
  • What are you putting out to the world through your social media presence?

Implementation Suggestions and Strategies for Schools

1 –  Make student expectations and responsibilities clear and overt by copying, laminating and displaying this Social Media Safety Tips for Teens poster.  Be sure to check out other posters in the Resources section for this post.

Classroom posters are effective in the learning process; investigate this concept more fully here.

2 – Preview the ‘Two Kinds of Stupid” video and read the Discussion Guide as it contains questions about Eduardo’s actions for students to consider.

  • Show or share a link to the ‘Two Kinds of Stupid” video and encourage students to actively watch it.  Consider leading a whole class discussion or having students work in small groups to discuss and answer the five questions.
  • Additional options:
    • Have the students journal about a similar personal experience or what Eduardo should have done.
    • Have the students research the Henrico County Code of Conduct governing this situation.  What consequences would Eduardo face in HCPS?

3 – Survivor Diaries (NetSmartz.org) – Use the video link below and series of activity cards to help discuss internet safety/stranger danger with students.