How Young Is Too Young for Social Media?
Kids have to be at least 13 to sign up for most social media platforms. But we know that many tweens work around the restriction. In doing so they can connect with peers and have fun, but they're also vulnerable to a number of risks -- mainly overuse and challenges to their social-emotional health. Reflecting on age-appropriate content and behaviors can help students think through social media's effects on all of us, regardless of our age.
Consider: Collection Protection15 mins.
Analyze: 'Ad' It Up15 mins.
Create: Letter to My Younger Self20 mins.
In the "Create" activity, students took a position on a topic and prepared their strongest reasons and evidence. If time allows, or in a subsequent class period, have students form debate teams according to their position and hold an in-class debate. Check out this article for some easy high school debate formats.