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Does social media have power and influence in society? Lesson 2 of 6

Key stage 3 (ages 11-14) • Active Citizenship • Lesson and support materials

Does social media have power and influence in society?

This lesson is part 2 of a sequence of 6 lessons addressing the key enquiry: Community volunteers or social media influencers – who has the most power and influence?

Students investigate the potential of social media to drive positive change and social impact. They critically examine the concept of ‘slacktivism’ and its implications for active citizenship. They analyse the influence held by social media in shaping opinions and behaviours. Through the evaluation of case studies, students decide whether they believe social media is a powerful and/or an influential force within society.

Students will work towards answering the following questions:
  1. How can social media make a positive difference and drive social change?
  2. Are slacktivists practising active citizenship?
  3. Do social media influencers hold power in society?
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