Social Media Concerns [6-12]


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STEM Concept

Problem Solving

Activity Time

15 minutes

Subject & Grades

All subjects | 6-12th Grade

Connections between STEM Concepts,
Learning Targets and Standards

Learning Objective

  • Students will identify and apply problem-solving techniques to solve problems.
  • Students will understand how these skills relate to their confidence and success

Success Criteria

  • Students will be able to explain the steps involved in problem-solving.
  • Students can identify and use the appropriate problem-solving technique.
  • Students can apply problem-solving techniques to arrive at a solution
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Eduply Pathways
COGNIA Standards
State Standards
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Pathway 6: Students collaborate to explore genuine inquiries throughout their studies.

Pathways 7:  Students learn STEM/STEAM independently with the guidance of skilled educators who facilitate their learning effectively.

Pathway 11:Presentations serve as evidence that STEM culture is being implemented.

Pathway 14: STEM/STEAM students use research to support claims, collect evidence, analyze data, and use evidence-based arguments to ensure daily integration of STEM concepts.

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STANDARD 6: Learners engage collaboratively in authentic inquiry during ongoing units of study.

STANDARD 7: Learners engage in self-directed STEM learning guided by professional staff members who are effective facilitators of learning.

STANDARD 10: Learners demonstrate STEM literacy outcomes that prepare them for the next level of learning and work.

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This activity meets your State Standards

Activity Introduction

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This video challenges you to think about the positive and negative uses of social media when being used by people under 18 years old.
Many adults feel that social media is too dangerous for children to use unsupervised. Some states in the USA are looking to limit the number of hours children under 18 can be allowed on social media each day.
Watch the video. What are your thoughts and how could you help alleviate the fears or put safety measure in place to ensure concerned adults believe social media can be safe?

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Prompts for group activities

Social anxiety, self-image issues, and even something like FOMO (fear of missing out) are potential repercussions of too much screen time and phone access for young adults. 
  • How can young people help guardians understand that they are being responsible?
  • Should it all fall on the parents to monitor, or is there a balance of trust, and if so, how is it achieved?
  • How can we ensure that future generations are safe in relation to social media?
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Step 1: Watch the video

The Problem with Parents, Kids, and Social Media

Activity Tip 1:
After the video, divide students into groups of 3 or 4 and let the students begin their discussions while you circulate; it’s all about what THEY think and feel. Ask them to listen carefully to their friends as they might have different opinions to them.

Activity Tip 2:
Structure the discussions encourage the students to use the problem solving circle and the simple sentence starters for effective conversation structure.

Step 2:
Group Session

Step 3: