7th Grade Digital Citizenship And Healthy Social Media Consumption Lesson Plan (Language Arts)

Topic: Digital Citizenship and Healthy Social Media Consumption

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will understand what it means to be a digital citizen and the responsibilities and etiquette that come with it.
  • Students will be able to identify healthy and unhealthy behaviors when interacting with social media.


  • Laptops or computers with internet access for each student
  • Handouts or slides with information on what it means to be a digital citizen and healthy social media consumption


  • Review the topic of digital citizenship and ask students what they know about the concept.
  • Ask students to share examples of things they see online that make them feel like the person is being a good digital citizen or a bad digital citizen.

Direct Instruction

  • Introduce the concept of digital citizenship and explain that it refers to the way we behave and treat others online.
  • Discuss the importance of being a positive digital citizen and how our actions can have a big impact on others.
  • Discuss the different types of social media and the ways we can engage with them.
  • Explain the importance of healthy social media consumption and how to avoid negative behaviors, such as oversharing or excessive use.

Guided Practice

  • Have students work in pairs to complete a worksheet that asks them to analyze a social media post and identify the negative and positive behaviors exhibited.
  • As a class, discuss the examples and how they apply to the concepts discussed in the direct instruction.

Independent Practice

  • Have students choose a social media platform of their choice and create a project that illustrates their understanding of the concepts taught in the lesson.
  • Options could include creating a presentation, writing a blog post, or creating a graphic to illustrate the positive and negative behaviors.
  • Students will present their projects to the class and discuss how their chosen platform reflects their understanding of digital citizenship and healthy social media consumption.


  • Review the key takeaways from the lesson, including the importance of digital citizenship and how to engage in healthy social media consumption.
  • Remind students of the importance of practicing digital responsibility and how it can affect their online reputation.


  • Observe students during the guided and independent practice activities to assess their understanding of the key concepts.
  • Collect and review their social media posts for understanding of the topic and for adherence to the guidelines for healthy social media consumption.

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