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The Pitfalls of Social Media 45 min

Students will individually read a published story focused on the dangers and pitfalls of social media use and report their findings to the class. 

Set Up:

  1. Read through the attached Safety Articles associated with social media. There are about 20 articles in this document related to consequences of social media and social networking. Depending on the number of students in your class, you may need to find more articles or change the design of this guided practice lesson.
  2. These articles are true stories that have been covered by the media. Some contain sensitive subject matter related to cyberbullying, sexting, online predators, etc.
  3. The teacher should read each of these articles prior to the lesson and make a note of the teachable moments that need to be part of the class discussions that will take place during the lesson.
  4. Print one copy of each article. Each article begins at the top of a page with a clear headline, so you know where you can divide them.


  1. The purpose of this activity is to show students the real life implications of social media use.
  2. The teacher should distribute a different news articles to each student in the class. (If there are 15 students in the class, 15 different articles will be distributed – one per student.)
  3. Allow an appropriate amount of time for students to silently read the article given to them. Some are more lengthy than others.
  4. At the conclusion of the allotted silent reading time, the teacher should lead classroom discussions related to each article by calling on each student individually to provide an oral summary to the class of what their article covered. After the student has given their summary to the class, the teacher should lead the classroom discussion through teachable moments and dialogue related to the subject matter in the article.
  5. Repeat this process for each student and article in the class.

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