If you are teaching adolescents with various needs, then you know many are probably glued to smartphones or devices. Whether it is Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat, Twitter, or Facebook, social media has become a dominant part of our lives. Students often follow each other on the platforms, sometimes posting funny photos or memes.
However, when students with various needs are using these platforms, they need to be guided through what type of posts and behavior is acceptable. Unfortunately, we live in an era where students and adults often overshare on social media—whether through their words or images.
That is why it is essential for students to understand that they must make it a habit to stay safe online. We often hear from educators that their students are:
- Being bullied online
- Their pictures or posts are being used against them
- They are interacting with strangers online
- They’ve given out personal/private information
Adolescents with various needs are missing out on critical social skills and life skills, and this impacts their ability to function effectively in society. Without a solid foundation, they can face lifelong struggles when it comes to forming meaningful social relationships. That is why we’ve created the Healthy Relationships Curriculum. It was designed by special education teachers for special education teachers because our team of skilled educators and therapists know the unique challenges that the classroom poses.
Our Healthy Relationships Curriculum features an entire lesson plan devoted to keeping your students safe online. In fact, one of our 140 videos and lesson plans is focused on instructing your students on the specific steps they can take to stay safe. You can watch part of this video lesson plan here.
When you purchase our program, you will also get role-playing and demonstration scenarios, an online portal, visual cue cards, outcome tools, a curriculum manual, and so much more! If you are interested in learning more about our program, I’d encourage you to reach out to us and schedule a free demonstration.