School Environment and Student Behavior
Digital Rights & Responsibilities
Social Networking :
Grade Level: 6-8


Part I – Introduction

Social networking sites on the Internet are where people can meet one another, communicate, and interact. Social networking and communication are normal parts of the human experience, and the Internet has become an important venue for people to connect and communicate. Young people are naturally curious about themselves, about others, and about the world. The sites permit them to reach out to others from around the globe, sometimes with tragic results. Here is a list of some social networking sites:
   • (for cell phone networking)

Part II – Class/Advisory Activities

•  Videos



Post to be Private - [1:13 minutes]
Profile Penatly - [2:47 minutes]
Social Networking - [2:05]

•  Discussion Questions



  1. How do you decide what information and images to post online?
  2. Have you or someone you know ever posted something you regret?
  3. What information and images are NOT okay to post?

•  Activities



1- Prevention Posters
Invite students to design their own social networking prevention posters. Ask teachers, administrators, and parents to judge the entries. Ask your principal or business leaders in your community to have the winning poster printed. Then distribute the printed poster on campus. Use digital-imaging technologies to create and reproduce posters.

2- Morning Announcement
Have students write and record a social networking prevention message for your school morning announcements or school video broadcast.

Part III – Reflection

•  Writing Prompt(s)  
  1. One piece of information that I want to share with others is:
  2. Two things that I can do to stop cyberbullying are:
  3. My ideas for a service-learning project to prevent cyberbullying include:

•  Journal Writing


Choose one of the 2 fictional friend scenarios below and circle it. Your job is to write a persuasive letter encouraging your fictional friend to rethink some of their social networking behavior. The persuasive letter must include a thesis, three reasons to sustain the thesis, and three specific examples to validate each reason.

•  Fictional Friend 1 : You and Izzy have lived in the same neighborhood since you were both three. She is your best friend and always makes jokes. She loves music, is an avid listener, and likes searching the Internet for new talent. She loves her social networking site because she can change the mood of her site by the music she plays. Last week as you were perusing Izzy's profile to see what new music she found you noticed that she had accrued a lot of “friends” on her friends list, almost double of what she had the week before. You live in a pretty small town and knew everyone on her friends list, but now she has people that you have never met. You both are pretty smart when it comes to having your profile on private but for some reason you are alarmed.

Fictional Friend 2: You and Shawn are the soccer stars of your school. He just recently moved into your town and you instantly hit it off. You both like social networking and enjoy talking after practice through comments and messages. You both make sure that you use a nickname and keep some stuff to yourself like your school, town, names, and age. You're both pretty smart when it comes to safety stuff. Lately though, you have noticed that some of Shawn's “friends” on his friends list have been making comments that reveal personal information. They say things like “Dude, Shawn, what's up? Go Vikings, you rocked that game today,” or “I am so bored, why don't you meet me at Cinema 12 at 7 for a movie.” This concerns you.

Part IV – Extension Activities

•  Class/Advisory – School Activities


Amy's Choice

Part V – Resources

Online Friends

Social Networking in Plain English

Quick tips