Ten Things I Wish My Parents Knew about Social Media

Ten things I wish my parents knew about social media

Students learn a lot about social media through LifeSmarts. And now, we are challenging students to share what they know with parents and other adults in their lives.

As digital natives, students have a unique viewpoint and are the perfect ones to start the conversation about recognizing the place social media has in our lives, how to use it wisely, and how to stay safe online.

Teams attending the 2023 National LifeSmarts Championship are invited to take a sneak peek at a new LifeSmarts U lesson focused on social media. The lesson, “Ten Things I Wish My Parents Knew about Social Media,” includes a lesson plan, PowerPoint presentation, handouts, student activities, and more. As an extra bonus, teams that pilot these materials and make at least two presentations (at least one to adults, the other to middle school students or peers), become eligible for a $1,000 team travel stipend.

Ten Things Resources

PowerPoint presentation

Lesson Plan


Student Activity: We Write the Rules

Student Activity: Reflection

Parent Takeaway: Presentation Review

Parent Handout: Feedback/Action Plan

Parent Handout: Talking to Your Teen, Social Media Edition

Ten things pilot project report form

Be Smart about What You Share Resources

LifeSmarts has also created a lesson to help high school students mentor younger students about social media safety, security, and privacy. Specific components are designed for a middle school audience, while others are a good fit for your high school peers. Click here for all Be Smart about What You Share resources.