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Debate: Should Social Media Be Regulated?

Research shows that social media has a negative impact on the mental health of many young people. Photo-centered apps like Instagram, in particular, often display filtered images that create unrealistic ideals of beauty and cause feelings of social pressure and anxiety. Some companies have pledged to address the harms their products are causing, but many people believe that to truly solve the problem, the government needs to step in. Listen to a young reporter and a technology researcher discuss the effects of Instagram and other apps on teens and then debate: Should social media be regulated?


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Story Length: 7:22

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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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