This unit will explore our relationship with social media and will enable students to understand how one’s digital identity is formed. It focuses on ‘who am I?’ both online and offline and interrogates the impacts and influences, both positive and negative, that the media has upon us.
How can we become empowered to take control of our own identity and develop strategies to maintain a healthy and positive outlook?
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This Thrive unit and the lessons are designed for students to work through at their own pace. This is because students may want to spend more time on one particular topic than another. The units are composed of 5/6 lessons in each unit and each lesson can take between 2-4 hours depending on how one paces themselves. There are activities and tasks in each lesson and resources to support learning. Many of the lessons have summative tasks that draw together the learning in each of the individual lessons.
In this Thrive unit, there are many aspects that may directly connect with you. Although very stimulating and thought-provoking, because we are all human, some topics may affect us more than others and may have a deeper meaning for us. For example, exploring our relationship with technology may connect with aspects of our lives that may be more meaningful or have more impact than others.
Exploring one’s own identity can mean that we sometimes relive difficult experiences. This course explores concepts such as Goffman’s ‘Impression Management’ and Cyberbullying. If you have been victim to cyberbullying or negativity online, these topics may be challenging in a variety of ways.
‘Audrie and Daisy’ is a case study in point. The tragic consequences of the peer abuse that these two young women suffered may be emotionally distressing.
If you are affected by any of the issues or topics covered in the unit, please contact your counsellor in school or reach out to your pastoral leader.
- Social identity (“Me” and the “Digital Me”) – hyperawareness of how we look, etc. “filters” – looking/comparing/hyper-attention
- Social Media platforms and their impact on the human psyche (academic)
- Ledger of Harms and #MySocialTruth campaign (hands-on)
- Resilience, Taking Control, Grit, etc.
- Mindfulness and wellbeing
Questions asked in the course
|How is our identity formed? How is our digital identity shaped?|
|What is our relationship with social media?|
|What is the impact of social media – positive and negative perspectives|
|What are the invisible harms inflicted by social media that we don’t see? How are tech companies playing on our vulnerabilities?|
|How can we have agency and take control? What is mindfulness and how can it help?|
Please find below the introduction to unit 2: Shaping You
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