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Should Children Be Allowed Social Media?

I'm sure most, if not all of you, believe that children should be allowed on social media. However, as in most situations in life, there are two sides to the argument.


Today's English work is going to follow on from yesterday's computing lesson based around internet safety. You are going to be writing a balanced argument based around the question 'should children be allowed social media?' 


A balanced argument means an argument that considers both sides of the situation. Whilst you may strongly believe that children should be allowed social media, there is definitely an argument for the other side. Being able to see things from another's point of view is an important life skill.


Firstly - Read through the PowerPoint about balanced arguments. It will show you what a balanced argument should contain and also shows an example of a balanced argument.


Secondly - Plan your argument. You are going to be making two points for and two points against as well as a conclusion where you explain your point of view. Watch the video that I upload to give you some ideas.


Finally - Write your argument. It should contain an introduction, two points for, two points against and a conclusion. 

Below is a structure template for your writing. You do not need to follow this, however you may find it useful. At the bottom of the sheet there is a word bank of useful words and phrases. At the top of the sheet it suggests 3 different topics for a balanced argument - ignore these, your argument is going to be about social media.