Ethical Smartphone Use (3 week course)

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”


“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”

George Bernard Shaw

Lesson Plan

Core Concept

A lot of what we post on social media is automatic; for example we post to increase a streak or to increase our number of likes or followers. We allow apps to hijack our brain’s dopamine circuit, and hence our reward-motivated behaviour, and waste the short amount of time we have fulfilling the advertising needs of large corporations. By becoming aware of these motivations at the experiential level, e.g. by taking a deep breath before we post, we can take charge of what was previously automatic in us.


Students will:

  • Recognise that social media posts are often superficial and meaningless.

  • Identify the specific pitfalls associated with social media posting.

  • Explain how the tools introduced in previous lessons can be employed to avoid these pitfalls.

  • Set an intention for improvement of their social media posts.

  • Establish a practice based on their intention along with previous tools to increase post quality.

  • Formulate a class-wide practice to improve social media posting.

Resources needed:

Teacher’s Handbook, Student’s Journal SEN


Con is a yoga and meditation teacher from Dublin. He has a Masters in Mindfulness Based Interventions from UCD and is a certified RYT-500 having trained with Soma Yoga Institute in Costa Rica and The Yoga Room in Dublin.

Con has been practising mindfulness meditation and yoga for many years. He has spent time in India, Sri Lanka, North and Central America, and many countries in Europe learning and practising meditation and yoga.


Team of 2:

(if your computer doesn't have word, download the pdf document below)

Student's Journal (word)

Student's Journal (pdf)

Team of 3:

Student's Journal (word)

Student's Journal (pdf)


Lesson Content