[9-12] The Social You: Past, Present, and Future

Students learn how their digital footprints can affect future opportunities.

Lesson topics include: differentiating between private and public information; why web-based information is beyond control; how Google and other search engines cache information on their servers; recommended Facebook privacy settings, how to setup Google Alerts to safeguard your good name; creating a personal landing page so your best self shines through; what employers and college admissions officers search for; and how uninformed choices have life-long consequences.

Teacher Guide to The Social You: Past, Present, and Future

Student Guide to The Social You: Past, Present, and Future

Additional lesson resources, including links to pre-lesson activities, student polls, follow-up activities, and "Extend the Lesson" materials, are available at the bottom of the page.

Video: Part 1 (below)

Video: Part 2 (12:59)
Video: Part 3 (14:20)

Additional Resources

Video for Pre-Lesson Activity - "Two Kinds of Stupid" from NetSmartz

Student Poll #1 - What are your preferred Facebook sharing settings?

Student Poll #2 - In your opinion, which social media behavior is riskiest?

Video for Follow-Up Activity - "6 Degrees of Information" from NetSmartz

"Extend the Lesson" Materials - "College Bound" from Common Sense Media


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