Grade 6

Finding Balance in a Digital World

How do we balance digital media use in our lives?

We use digital media every day, from texting, streaming TV shows, and gaming all the way to using voice assistants or ordering our food online. For today's kids, it's a lot more than just "screen time." So how can we help students balance their online and offline lives? It starts with recognizing just how much media we use.

Students will be able to:
  • Reflect on their common online and offline activities.
  • Analyze and prioritize the activities that are most important to them.
  • Identify ways to "unplug" to maintain balance between online and offline activities.
Key Vocabulary: digital media  ·  media balance  ·  red flag feeling  ·  unplug
digital media:
information that comes to us through the internet, often through a tablet, smartphone, or laptop
media balance:
using media in a way that feels healthy and in balance with other life activities (family, friends, school, hobbies, etc.)
red flag feeling:
when something happens on digital media that makes you feel uncomfortable, worried, sad, or anxious
to engage in activities that don't involve devices, apps, or the internet
Media Balance & Well-Being
This lesson meets standards for Common Core ELACASELAASLand ISTESee standards

Lesson Plan

45 mins.
Extension Activity:

Have students respond to the following questions using Padlet or another online collaboration tool: What would you miss if you did not go online for a week? What would you not miss? Why?

What You'll Need

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Classroom resources

  • Lesson Slides
  • Student Handout: Online, Offline Student Version
  • Student Handout: Balancing Act Student Version
  • Lesson Quiz Google Classroom Answer Key

Take-home resources