Personal networks

Q3 Consider This

14. Social Networking

Direct link to the GMA News video above


Sharing information (through text, images, or video) can have long-term consequences for the subject of the information (friend, classmate, teacher, business, family member, school, etc.).

Many social networks are using features that appeal to teens who believe their text and images are private or anonymous. Social media sites, such as Facebook. Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok can be a lot of fun to use and good for a laugh, but it's more important than ever to understand that even on this kind of site, your online behavior can create misunderstandings, misinformation, and cause harm to others.

Remember that your posts can be traced back to you. Inappropriate behavior such as bullying, sexting and harassing behavior can be investigated and traced to the user who posted it. Pictures that you think will disappear can actually be saved by a screenshot done by the receiver. 

I Can Statement

  • use social media appropriately and help younger students (ages 8-11) to do so
  • understand that my online actions are permanent
  • engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology

Key Vocabulary

Harassment: Harassment is online behavior that repeatedly annoys, bothers, or makes someone feel uncomfortable through the use of pictures, comments, or online video. Many states have enacted laws to make online harassment illegal.

Screengrab: Screengrab is taking a picture of your screen, also called a screenshot. (see Basics)

Viral: Viral is to spread rapidly via the Internet, email, or other media.

Play the interactive Quizlet Game: Direct Link


1. Read the situation below and be prepared to take a stand. You and a partner may be asked to role-play this situation.

Scenario: Your younger sibling between the ages of 8-11 just received their first cell phone. Excited, they come to you and say "I want to download Snapchat and use it, but I don't want to tell Mom/Dad. Can you show me how to use it?"

Task: Decide whether or not it's a good idea for your younger sibling to have a Snapchat account. If you say yes, be prepared to defend your choice with recommended safeguards. If you say no, be prepared to give reasons explaining why you would not show a younger brother/sister how to use it.

2. Use the following resources to defend your decision:

3. Discuss what you have learned with classmates. If you are in a classroom setting, work with a partner and role-play the situation where one of you is the older sibling and the other the younger sibling.

4. Write your reflections on this scenario in the 14.Q2.3.4 Reflection Guide that you copied in Quest two. Your teacher will let you know how to share your reflections on this scenario in another way, such as writing or posting on a classroom social network or discussion board, making a poster or video, or other activity.

5. Check with your teacher about taking the Digital Breakout Challenge, and if you can work as a team, class, or with a partner to solve the four locks.

Here are two Consider This! Social Networking Activities. 

Check with your teacher about which activity you will do.
Check with your teacher about working with a partner, team, or as an entire class.

1. Reality Check Game from Media Smarts.

  • On the internet, it can be hard to tell what’s true and what’s false. In this Game In Reality Check, you’ll learn how to find clues like finding where a story originally came from and comparing it to other sources, as well as how to use tools like fact-checking sites and reverse image searches.
  • Select one of the 5 missions on the page, and work for 15 minutes or less to locate clues and determine if a social media story is entirely true, entirely false, or somewhere in between.


2. Digital Breakout Consider Activity

  • If you do not know what a 21t4s Digital Breakout Activity is, open the content box on the right above the Printer icon, read and watch the video for hints.
  • You will enter your team name, start the timer, and try to figure out the four keys to solve it before time runs out. Good luck!

Direct link to this Breakout.

Screenshot of Consider This water color

Once you unlock it, you might want to take a screenshot of the Award for your portfolio, or check with your teacher.

Please be sure to tell us what you think of this Breakout Activity so that we can meet your needs. Teachers and Students please use this link for a very short survey about this breakout. 

Teen Voices: Friendships and Social Media Video from Commonsense Media - Many middle schoolers use social media to connect with friends, share pictures, and stay up to date. But, most aren't ready to handle the distractions that come with social media, or the pressures they feel to share constantly and always be connected. In this video, you can hear what other teens have to say about these issues and think critically about how social media affects their own relationships.

Social Media, Social Life: Teens Reveal Their Experiences YouTube

Do you Really Have a Private Life Online? YouTube

Check off this Quest on the 21t4s roadmap

 I have completed this Quest and I am ready to go to Quest 4

MITECS  Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

1. Empowered Learner
a. Articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them, and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes
c. Use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways
d. Understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies, are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies

2. Digital Citizen
a. Cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world
b. Engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology
c. Manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security

A Digital Breakout may also be called a Digital Escape Room.

This is a web-based, game-like activity where students use clues to unlock a series of puzzles or activities to solve a challenge (or to escape a digital room).

Students frequently work together, (conference, or chat) as they work to locate and solve clues.

For additional help  to solve a breakout view this short video (3:44).