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Facilitation tips: To make this activity more interactive you can centre it around a walking debate or Debono’s six thinking hats in order to promote discussion amongst participants. You could also imagine a role-play on the process of Instagram. By dividing the group in two, one would have to defend the social network and the other would confront it.
First, ask who amongst the group uses Instagram. Now engage in discussion for a few minutes on how each person tends to use the social media.
- Instagram users
- Non-Instagram users
Put each group on different sides of the room. Explain the terms and condition using this simplified transcription. Read the rules one by one and after each one is read, ask participants if they would like to change groups. Encourage a reaction after you read each rule. Guide their thoughts with questions like:
- Do you think this rule is logical?
- Does it shock you?
- What does it mean?
- Do you have an example?
- Did you know about this?
- Links on lnstagram from companies or people we do not control, even if we send those links to you ourselves.
- What happens if you connect your lnstagram account to another app or website, for instance by sharing a picture, and the other app does something with it or takes your personal details.
- The cost of any data you use while using lnstagram.
- If your photos are lost or stolen from lnstagram.
9. Although lnstagram is not responsible for what happens to you or your data while you use lnstagram, we do have many powers:
- We might send you adverts connected to your interests which we are monitoring. You cannot stop us doing this and it will not always be obvious that it is an advert.
- We can change or end lnstagram, or stop you accessing lnstagram at any time, for any reason and without letting you know in advance. We can also delete posts and other content randomly, without telling you, for any reason. If we do this, we will not be responsible for paying out any money and you won’t have any right to complain.
- We can force you to give up your username for any reason.
- We can, but do not have to, remove, edit, block and/ or monitor anything posted or any accounts that we think breaks any of these rules. We are not responsible if somebody breaks the law or breaks these rules.
To conclude, explain to participants that Instagram is a typical case. All social media platforms have terms and conditions that should be read and understood. If you have time, have a look at the simplified terms and conditions that also exist for other platforms written by the same authors. An idea for a further an exercise could be to attempt to rewrite elements of the original terms and conditions of a platform in order to make it easier to understand. We would also recommend you display at the end of the workshop the original Instagram terms and conditions in order to show the extent to which they were simplified. This may encourage kids to read the terms and conditions with an adult when signing up to social media platforms in the future.