WORKSHOPS: Middle 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 middle 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.

Trillion Dollar Footprint:

What is a digital footprint, and what does yours convey?

45 mins - 1 Hour

Participants learn that they have a digital footprint, which can be searched, shared, and seen by a large, invisible audience. They will learn that they can take some control over their digital footprint based on what they post online. A key message of the lesson is that although online information provides an incomplete picture of a person, it can still affect how others view that person.

Which You are You Online?

What are the outcomes of presenting yourself in different ways online?

45 mins - 1 Hour

Participants learn that presenting themselves in different ways online carries both benefits and risks. They will explore the ethics of exaggerating, deceiving, or adopting a different identity online. They complete the lesson by reflecting on the choices they make when they present themselves in different ways online, and the benefits and risks involved in doing so.

Checking the Inappropriate:

How should you handle inappropriate online talk?

45 mins - 1 Hour

While acknowledging the benefits of online talk and messaging, participants consider scenarios in which they may feel uncomfortable, or may encounter inappropriate behavior on the Internet. Through a guided class discussion, they will learn strategies for recognizing and responding to risky online interaction. Finally, they will work in groups to rate the riskiness of several online scenarios.

The Reality of Digital Drama:

Does the way we think about digital drama have anything to do with gender?

45 mins - 1 Hour

Participants discuss their impressions of peer drama, both online and as depicted on reality TV. They compare and contrast two videos — one featuring a candid discussion between middle school students about online drama and the other featuring clips from The Real Housewives reality TV series. Participants are encouraged to analyze generalizations about men and women in both videos, and to think critically about the ways that gender stereotypes can play out in mass media, as well as in their own lives online.

Cyberbullying: Crossing the Line:

When does inappropriate online behavior cross the line into cyberbullying, and what can you do about it?

45 mins - 1 Hour

Participants learn to distinguish good-natured teasing from cyberbullying. They will learn about serious forms of cyberbullying, which include harassment, deception, “flaming,” and threats to safety. 


Be Upstanding: How do you judge the intentions and impact of people's words and actions online?

45 mins - 1 Hour

Participants learn about the difference between being a passive bystander versus a brave upstander in cyberbullying situations. They will reflect on what it means to be brave and to stand up for others. They then identify concrete solutions for dealing with cyberbullying situations.


Boston, MA, USA


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