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Social Media

Learning Intentions

  • Research the Internet and find an article on a topic

  • Extract information from an article

Success Criteria

  • Research the internet for a topic and present it in an eye-catching manner

Update your learning log with what you have enjoyed/learned in school this week.

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  • Today we are going to be looking at social media, as well as the risks associated with it.

Complete the worksheet on Google Classroom, stating which social media you use.


Which can you name?

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What is social media?

  • Social media is a collective term for a bunch of online socialisation platforms.
  • The Internet has 4.8 billion users.
  • The biggest social media platform, by a long shot, is Facebook with 3 billion users, followed closely by Instagram with 1.1 billion active users and then TikTok with 1 billion active users, Twitter is in fourth place with 400 million active users.

More stats and facts related to social media

  • 95 million posts are shared each day on Instragram
  • Facebook is used most between 1 – 3 pm and between 7 – 8 pm
  • One billion hours of YouTube are watched daily
  • 55 billion messages are sent each day on WhatsApp
  • 528,000 Snaps are shared every minute
  • 50% of users of Pintrest  have made a purchase after seeing a something on their feed
  • Skype mobile has been downloaded over 1 billion times

Open the presentation on Google Classroom

For each of the following scenarios, state what risks the person is taking by posting what they are posting to social media

What's the problem?

I posted onto Twitter that I went out to my favourite place, the Haddington Railway Walk, again this weekend. I was with Jimmy and Stacey and that afterwards we went to the Longniddry Super Fry (again!) and had fish and chips.


What's the problem?

I have been going out with Peter for 9 months now and we've started sharing passwords for our Facebook accounts.


What's the problem?

I posted on to Facebook that I finally got the new job at the Nandos at the Fort! I was so happy to finally have a job but I also posted that I don't like the manager from my interview as he was quite full of himself


What's the problem?

I play online games quite a lot and I have met this guy who is quite good at Halo. I used to love Halo so I suggested we become friends on Xbox Live. He now tells me that he wants to meet up with me so we can discuss tactics when playing together online.


What's the problem?

I always check my phone to see what my pals are up to as I don't want to miss out on something that they are doing.


Problems associated with social media

  • Exposure to cyberbullying
  • Decrease in productivity levels - neglect their school work, extra-curricular activities and even their friends and family so that they can play a game or chat about various things not related to schoolwork.
  • Destroys social skills
  • Leads to disclosing of too much information

Benefits of social media

  • More informed about current affairs - enables you to make informed decisions based on what you know
  • It is easier to study and carry out research work - use them to ask each other difficult questions that they could not solve on their own. It also makes it easier to for group discussions
  • Boosts self esteem - can freely express themselves. They can join groups and fan pages that they are interested in and which reflect their own unique personality
  • Assists in getting jobs - many jobs posted and applied for with the use of social media
  • Keep up to date with the current technology - to keep up with the changing trends in technology.

social media Quiz


On your websites, under Research, add a page called Social Media. Answer the following questions (put headings with each question):


  1. What is social media?
  2. What social media do you use?
  3. Why do people use social media?
  4. What are the benefits of using social media?
  5. What are the risks associated with using social media?


Lesson review

I understand what social media is

I can describe the risks and benefits of social media

I can decide for myself whether or not I should post to social media and can argue the benefits and problems associated with social media

Plenary task

Put these social media tools in order by how many people use them, starting with the most popular

All logos copyright respected organisations. Data collected in Novemeber 2023 by ChatGPT

Plenary task

Put these social media tools in order by how many people use them, starting with the most popular

All logos copyright respected organisations. Data collected in Novemeber 2023 by ChatGPT

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Social Media
© 2020 - 2024 J Balfour
19:32 | 23-05-2024
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