Social Media Smart

Being safe on the internet


To download the complete Social Media Smart module, click on the button below, where you will be prompted to download the module in PDF form.

Additionally, individual lesson plans of the module are available below.

 Girls Only! Session

Girls Only! Session

Lesson: Part 1: Personal Information

Length of lesson: 45 minutes

Approximately 95% of teens between ages 12-17 years old are online.  One in five teenagers who utilize the internet regularly report receiving unwanted sexual solicitation via the internet, only 25% told a parent. Internet sexual predators are known to target teens aged 11-15 years old. Teens are increasingly willing to share more personal information online.  The FBI reports that by the age of 14, 77% of teens have been contacted by a predator online, 12% of teenage girls admitted to eventually meeting strangers they first met online in person, and chat room strangers are implicated in nearly 20% of cases of missing teens aged 15 to 17 each year.  Teaching skills to use the internet and social media platforms safely is extremely important as internet use and social media sites become more integrated into our everyday lives.

Lesson: Part 2: Online Chatting - Friend or Fake?

Length of lesson: 45 minutes

Being able to chat online at any hour of the day with someone you may never see or meet can be dangerous. While online chatting is a growing trend, it is important to teach children and adolescents the dangers associated with online chatting. We can empower children and youth to use safe practices when chatting with their friends or a stranger.

Lesson: Part 3: Online Friend Role-Playing Script

Length of lesson: 45 minutes

Being safe on the internet has a lot to do with the information that you share on websites and more particularly, social media. Social media is used to connect and chat with friends, however there are predators that use social media as a way to get to know personal information.


Lesson: Entertainment Media Literacy

Length of lesson: 60 - 90 minutes

Men and women are portrayed very differently in media. There are different expectations of how men and women should behave and look like in media. The success of a man or woman is also measured differently across the two genders. According to a Pew Research Center study in 2015, the top social media platforms for teens are: Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter. Pew Research Center reported that 92% of teens go online daily. With many children and teens owning smartphones today, this means they are constantly being exposed to gender stereotypes in media. Naturally, there are social comparisons, learning what you’re “supposed” to look like, how to behave, what gets the most attention (“likes” and “shares”) and this can often result in an unhealthy pathway to validation from others.