WORKSHOPS: High School

Post with Purpose: Digital Literacy 

The Post with Purpose workshops are designed to empower participants to think critically, act responsibly and participate with integrity in our digital world. The workshops are based on an interactive and experiential approach to learning about digital citizenship and media literacy. It encourages participants to explore their own experiences, knowledge, beliefs and stories in relation to using and engaging with digital media. Young people need tools and skills that equip them to make better decisions, be active Upstanders and be aware of their responsibility to Post with Purpose. These workshops provide them with the tools to challenge the way they represent themselves online and explore real-world examples that allows them to apply their critical thinking skills.

The following listing provides details for all of the high school workshops. You can request workshops you'd like to schedule using the Book Your Workshop Form

* All workshops are 45 minutes to an hour long unless otherwise noted.

Media Literacy 101:

Consider the Messenger before the Message 

45 mins - 1 Hour

In this interactive media literacy workshop, participants will have a chance to think about the media that they consume every day. They will learn about the culture that shapes us (and that we shape) and how they are inseparable. They will examine the five core concepts and the five key questions of media literacy. They will learn about the ways in which media impacts our own decision-making processes. Through large and small group discussions and interactive activities they will possess the basis for developing good media literacy skills.

Who are You Online?

How do you present yourself to the world online and offline?

45 mins - 1 Hour

Participants explore how they and others represent themselves online and the relationship between their online and offline selves. They begin by looking at a slideshow of people and their avatars and reflecting on how people can present themselves online. Participants then watch a video of a teen talking about what it means to be “real” or “fake” online and discuss the video in groups, relating these issues to their own online selves. They learn that assuming different personas online carries both benefits and risks.

Post with Purpose:

What are the consequences of oversharing online?

45 mins - 1 Hour

Participants are introduced to the benefits of sharing information online and the potential risks of sharing inappropriate information. They will view one of two student vignette videos. Participants then discuss, roleplay, and offer solutions to an online privacy dilemma from the corresponding video discussion guide to demonstrate their understanding of the possible consequences of inappropriate sharing (oversharing).

Feeling on Display:

Are girls and guys judged differently when they post photos online?

45 mins - 1 Hour

Participants explore the pressures many teen girls and boys face to keep up appearances online. Participants watch a video in which teens candidly discuss the atmosphere of judgment and criticism they associate with photo sharing on social network sites, and the double standard that applies to girls and boys. They will reflect on their own experiences with photo editing, posting, commenting, and tagging – and draw connections between these experiences and broader social messages about gender.

Overexposed: Sexting and Relationships:

What are the risks and responsibilities when you share online in a relationship?

45 mins - 1 Hour

Participants explore the risks and responsibilities of carrying out romantic relationships in the digital world. They watch a video about a girl who sent a sext message to her boyfriend, which he then shared with others. After discussing the video, participants create an ending to a story about a girl who is pressured to sext. They brainstorm ways to avoid sexting and to use digital technologies responsibly in romantic relationships.

Private Today, Public Tomorrow:

How can you respect the privacy of others online?

45 mins - 1 Hour

Participants reflect on their responsibility to protect the privacy of others when posting information about them online. Participants read a true story about the unintended consequences of sharing a compromising photo, and then they consider how this situation might be different if someone else shared the photo. Next, they brainstorm questions they should ask themselves before posting and tagging photos, videos, or any information about others online, and create a decision tree to guide them through future choices.

Cyberbullying: Checking the “Turn Down for What” Mentality:

Which factors intensify cyberbullying and online cruelty, and what can you do to lessen them?

45 mins - 1 Hour

Participants learn that cruelty can escalate quickly online because people are often anonymous, and posts spread quickly. They view the video “Ricardo’s Story – Making Fun of Others Online,” and identify the factors that contribute to online cruelty. They will then watch the video “Stacey’s Story – When Rumors Escalate,” identify the roles of various players in the video and describe what Upstanders can do to lessen the effects of this online cruelty.

What You Post Matters!

How can information you post on the Internet affect your future opportunities?

45 mins - 1 Hour

Participants learn that everything they or anyone else posts about them online becomes part of a public online presence known as a digital footprint. They will view elements of two students’ digital footprints and consider how the footprints might affect those students’ admission to college. They will then discuss what kinds of information they would want included in their own digital footprints and learn strategies for shaping a positive online presence.


Boston, MA, USA


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