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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