Possible characteristics of autism or intellectual disabilities include vulnerability or gullibility in social situations. Therefore, some teens or adults with autism or intellectual disabilities may struggle to discern who is a true friend. In the context of media literacy, such challenges can lead to confusion in social media friend requests or related safe behaviors in using social media. This media literacy team intends for this resource to support teachers of special education or adult education to teach teens or adults with intellectual disabilities or autism about discerning friendships in the context of media literacy. A sample lesson is included.
Burchard, M.S., Konopasek, L., Layman, B., Myers, S., and Poston, L. (2020). Who is my friend? Media Literacy for Teaching Special Education by the Partnership for Media Literacy for Exceptional Populations, 1(1) https://mosaic.messiah.edu/