Grade 8

Social Media and Digital Footprints: Our Responsibilities

How does using social media affect our digital footprints?
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This lesson meets standards for Common Core ELA, CASEL, AASL and ISTE.

Social media can be a place to connect, learn, and, most of all, share. But how much do kids know about what they're sharing -- and not just about themselves but each other? Help students think critically about their digital footprints on social media.

Students will be able to:
  • Identify reasons for using social media and the challenges that often come along with it.
  • Reflect on the responsibilities they have that are related to digital footprints -- both their own and others' -- when they're using social media.
  • Identify ways to make the most of social media while still caring for the digital footprints of themselves and others.

Lesson Snapshot

  Estimated time: 50 mins.
Warm Up:
Views on Social Media
15 mins.
Rings of Responsibility
30 mins.
Wrap Up:
5 mins.

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Video: Teen Voices: Oversharing and Your Digital Footprint Watch
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