“Social media can boost teen’s self-esteem – or foster depression”
By: Alison Pearce Stevens
Published: Science News for Students, Oct 12, 2017, https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/social-media-whats-not
Level of Difficulty: **
BEFORE YOU READ
· How social media effects teenagers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgdS7uKKMAE
· Why I quit social media for a year https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFSwDtspY5c
1. Read the first four paragraphs of the text and answer the questions:
· Social interaction has undergone a radical change in recent years in that the traditional venue has been replaced by…
· What major difference between the traditional venues for socialization and the modern venues is a cause of problems? The fact that…
· The above issue may have serious repercussions for students in that …
2. Read the section titled a filtered view and answer the questions:
· We gain important insight into teenagers’ state of mind from the 2015 experiment. It is that…..
· The distorted image teenagers present to their social circle is due to the fact that…
· The down side of the above is that…
· What conclusion can be drawn from the information provided thus far?
· We understand from the 2015 study of eighth and ninth graders that the quality of the post/ the length of the post / the nature of the post / the seriousness of the post may have an effect on popularity.
· What habit mentioned in this section may affect the state of mind of teenagers? Whether …
3. Read the section titled “A place to connect and answer the questions:
· What widely held prejudice was disproved by Marwick and Boyd?
· There are physical / practical/ emotional / social reasons why teenagers hang out on social media
· What major feature of online communication can cause serious repercussions?
4. Read the section titled “Online Drama” and answer the questions:
· The reason why the term online drama is used to describe confrontations online is the fact that………
· What epithet do teenagers avoid using in this context?
· The term online drama is used to alter perceptions / change messages/ adapt messages / promote understanding
5. Read the section titled “Keeping It in the Family” and answer the questions:
· Read the study Coyne and her colleagues carried out. Connecting with parents on social media benefits parents in that…
· It also benefitted teenagers themselves in that their level of anti-social behavior was…(Provide a one word answer)
· We understand from the text that social media is beneficial so long as …
Use all you have learnt to write an essay discussing the advantages and disadvantages of teenagers’ use of social media.
SOCIAL MEDIA: WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE? KEY AND TEACHERS’ NOTES
This extremely topical text provides a good all-round analysis of the use of social media by teenagers. The upsides and downsides are clearly explained. As a result the text should generate plenty of discussion and lead to a well rounded essay.
1. The answers to the questions in this section
· Social media (such as instagram, snapchat and facebook)
· Using social media to connect with others is kind of like having a private conversation in a public place.
· They can feel cut out, judged, less connected and caught in online drama and cyber bullying
2. The answers to the questions in this section
· Peer feedback plays a big role in how teens view themselves and each other
· Teens present idealized versions of themselves online
· Those carefully crafted profiles can make it feel like everyone else is living a better life than you are
· Students’ use of social media may form distorted perceptions of their peers
· The nature of the post
· Whether they make upward or downward comparisons
3. The answers to the questions in this section
· Kids no longer know how to communicate in person
· Online conversations can stick around
4. The answers to the questions in this section
· The confrontation between people is performed in front of an audience
· Alter perceptions
5. The answers to the questions in this section
· It helped parents better understand their kids and what they were going through
· People don’t focus on how many likes or shares they have