FREE Social Media & Mental Health Social Emotional Learning Discussion Activity

Grade Levels
6th - 10th
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3 pages


Are you concerned about the effects of social media on the emotional health of your students and looking to develop a responsive classroom by incorporating SEL social and emotional learning?

It is impossible for our young people to completely avoid social media. It’s a world that most of us teachers or parents didn’t grow up with in our own youth, so it’s challenging for adults to guide students appropriately in this arena.

As we know, social media has a significant effect on mental health so it’s important for students to be aware of this and develop healthy ways to use this platform, as it’s not going away any time soon.

In November 2019, Instagram announced they would be starting to hide likes in an attempt to help mental health. This lesson revolves around discussing this topic and creates an fascinating conversation that makes students think deeply.

This resource will help you guide your students the right way. It has been designed to make it as easy to deliver as possible! No prior knowledge or experience from you is required! On top of this, the PowerPoint text is editable so you can modify the content to suit your students’ needs, should you wish.

Also included is a bonus graphic organizer which is supplementary to the PowerPoint: it's not a requirement, but it works as a helpful tool for students to record their thoughts in an aesthetically pleasing way that can then be used for bulletin board displays etc.

The FULL lesson delves even deeper into social media, the effects on mental health and how they can control their self-confidence and use their profiles for positive uses.

I have found teaching this unit is effective in morning meetings with tutor / advisory classes or as whole life skills lessons too, depending on how much time you can allocate. It is such a valuable topic to talk to our students about. Thank you for all you do to make a difference in young peoples’ lives!

Great for Social Skills, Life skills and PSHE (Physical, Social, Health Education) lessons.


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Total Pages
3 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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