Current Project: Social Media TestDrive: Social Media for Education

The SML is interested in helping people use social media and online technologies more effectively.

Social Media TestDrive aims to fill a big gap in social media literacy education for young people. While children might learn about smart social media behavior in school, they don’t get a chance to practice their skills on a safe website. We’ve built a new tool- essentially a social media simulation — that lets children work on their skills while ensuring that any mistakes they make won’t come back to haunt them online or off.

This August, TestDrive will undergo a nationwide launch alongside Common Sense Education’s new Digital Citizenship curriculum. 6 TestDrive modules will be linked as extension activities to the corresponding Common Sense lessons and will be promoted to schools all around the United States. For more information and access to TestDrive modules, please visit https://socialmediatestdrive.org/.

This work has been presented at the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, and you can read more about it here.