How does social media affect students

Teaching materials for download

The new teacher's guide for download provides up-to-date content and provides additional resources. The “Digital Literacy” library is an online library with partially interactive teaching materials that contain group discussions, puzzles and games. They come from Swiss education experts and were developed by them in collaboration with young people for Facebook. Here you can use the modular principle with different modules. The element “privacy”, for example, provides suggestions as to what information students can easily share publicly (for example their birthday). And which information should better stay with friends only (for example your own telephone number). The teachers can work out the course content with their classes as required or give them to the students to take home. “Basically, the children are very interested in social media. They think it's cool and like to join in, ”says Director of Studies Thomas Hengst.

Social rules in the digital world

Besides Instagram, WhatsApp is the most popular social medium among schoolchildren; they use it to meet up and exchange photos. The messenger service is permitted from the age of 16. "In my role as a teacher, I cannot officially advise younger students who use WhatsApp - I can only give tips," says Thomas Hengst. “The WhatsApp guide is therefore particularly interesting for parents or legal guardians. It educates parents and shows how they can protect their children from bullying or marginalization. ”For example, by teaching students how to leave a chat or block certain people. According to Thomas Hengst, having a “group administrator” who makes sure that rules of social interaction are observed is also helpful. “In connection with social media, it must become clear to children and young people that the digital world - just like the real world - is one in which certain rules apply. The guide is a good basis for this mediation. "