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Northstar Learning Guide: Module 6: Social Media

This guide contains instructional materials designed to help learners build the basic computer skills defined by the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessments.

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Module 6: Social Media

The resources on this page will introduce you to the social media platforms of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, focusing on creating accounts, sharing content and following smart social media practices. Using your Northstar assessment results page, locate the skills you need to improve in the left-hand column of the table. Then, follow the links in the right-hand column to access the corresponding online learning resources. Ask a librarian or your tutor/instructor if you have questions or need help.

Northstar Standard
Learning Resource
1. Identify different types of social media and their primary functions (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter).
2. Create a new account on a social media network.
3. Recognize information posted by others or online or on social media networks that may present a risk to you (user as consumer of
4. Demonstrate knowledge of managing "friends" on Facebook: adding friends or accepting/declining "friend" requests.
5. Demonstrate an awareness that social media accounts have privacy settings that can be set by users.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of the consequences of "liking" something. 
7. Share content by uploading media.
8. Identify information that is unwise to post and/or upload on a
social media (too much personal sharing, inappropriate photos/comments) (User as publisher of information).
9.Distinguish between public and private "spaces" on social media sites (ex: Facebook messages and Facebook wall).
10. Post, share, like or comment on content.
11. Demonstrate knowledge of the permanence of anything posted on the internet.