Engaging with social media can be like a tug of war, with many arguments for and against its use. By considering each side of an argument, students will have the skills to make informed online decisions.
- Students will understand the different perspectives of topical social media concepts and trends.
By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
- understand the different perspectives on social media usage.
Instructions 5 min
- As a class or individually, visually ask students to draw a line, such as on the whiteboard or in individual workbooks.
- Provide students with a statement and ask them to think of factors that ‘tug’ at each side of the argument.
- Students write these on Post-It notes and place them at either end of the line.
- Ask students to generate ‘What if's’: questions, issues, factors or concerns that might need to be explored further. Write and post these above the line.
- Ask students to reflect on the activity:
- Do they still feel the same way about it as when they started?
- Have they changed their opinion?
- Social media is important for friendships.
- Social media is bad for society.
- Social media causes more harm than good.
- Social media has been unfairly blamed for various social problems.
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