TestDrive Webinars

Helping Kids Use Social Media Responsibly: An Educator’s Guide to “Social Media TestDrive”

Presented by Daniel E. Vargas Campos, Education Content Specialist, Common Sense Education; and Dr. Yoon Hyung Choi, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Social Media Lab, Cornell University

Hosted by Jennifer Ehehalt, Sr. Regional Manager, Common Sense Education

Sponsored by Common Sense Education

Social media has upended the way we communicate and changed the way we see both the world and ourselves. But the sea of change brought on by social media also presents a number of complicated challenges, particularly for younger users. It’s natural that kids and tweens want to explore social media but navigating that world without a guide can be overwhelming and even dangerous.

In this edWebinar, learn about Social Media TestDrive, a free educational tool created by researchers from Cornell University’s Social Media Lab in collaboration with Common Sense Education. Social Media TestDrive allows young people to navigate realistic scenarios and dilemmas they might encounter as users of social media in a safe virtual environment. By the end of the session:

  • Learn about recent trends of media use among young people
  • Understand how experiential learning is implemented in Social Media TestDrive
  • Review a Social Media TestDrive module
  • Know how to implement Social Media TestDrive modules in your classroom
  • Identify ways to use Social Media TestDrive as a family engagement tool

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to elementary and middle school teachers.

Social Media TestDrive: A Fun Online Activity to Teach Digital Citizenship

Presented by Dr. Yoon Hyung Choi, Dr. Ellen Zou, and Ms. Amanda Purington

Co-hosted by Cornell University's Social Media Lab and New York State 4-H

With a majority of school, afterschool, and recreational activities taking place online for young people due to COVID-19, being responsible citizens of the digital world has become more important than ever. Youth today are motivated to explore social media, but navigating it without a guide can be risky and overwhelming.

In this webinar you will learn about Social Media TestDrive, an educational tool created by researchers from Cornell University’s Social Media Lab in collaboration with Common Sense Education. Social Media TestDrive teaches key concepts of digital citizenship and allows young people to navigate realistic scenarios and dilemmas they might encounter as users of social media in a safe virtual environment.

By the end of the session, you will be able to understand the digital citizenship challenges youth face in their social media use and learn how to implement Social Media TestDrive modules in your program.