Social Media Investigated


A day long course to train teachers to deliver the 14 lessons that help young people navigate and make the most of the complex social media world.

Social Media Investigated brings together 2 elements, Media Navigator, aimed to be taught in year 7 and Media Influences for year 8. Each can be taught as a standalone curriculum, but there is value in continuing and extending the learning by delivering both.

Media Navigator looks at the interaction between online and offline and the role in plays in effecting sense of self and human connection. The 6 lessons enable students to define key concepts and to consider the blurring of boundaries that can exist. The skills developed are useful for present social mediums and can be transferred to new and evolving media.

Media Influences builds upon the understanding of media literacy and explores media messages on the topics of gender, body image, health, and food marketing. This allows students to think critically about how they are persuaded by media and to think about the choices they make regarding their health and their lives.



  • Duration

    1 day

  • Delivery

    Presentations, individual participation, individual tasks shared with group

  • For

    Teachers teaching students in Years 7, 8 and 9

  • Aim

    To equip staff to teach Media Navigator (6 lessons aimed at year 7 or 8) and Media Influences (8 lessons aimed at year 8 or 9).

  • Price

    £190 per person

  • Outcomes

    • Teachers are prepared to teach the curriculum
    • Teachers can critically analyse media and techniques of persuasion and apply this to their own experience
    • Students recognise the difference between fantasy and reality and the characteristics of reality tv
    • Students are able to identify the advantages and disadvantages of social media, and on short and long-term goals. These skills can be transferred to new and evolving media
    • Students discuss gender constructs and their impact
    • Students learn the subtext and untold stories behind media messages regarding a range of topics such as sexuality, body size, food and exercise
    • Students learn how to analyse the ways in which they themselves are targeted by media and evaluate how media impact their thoughts and beliefs.

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“Everyday interactions within social mediums are the norm for our students. Some manage the environments well, while others struggle. Considering both the benefits and drawbacks in a way that engages young people is well overdue.”

Social Media Investigated

Matthew Job, Dormers Wells High School

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