The other day in class, I asked you to respond to this short, terrible play:
- Teen: “If my dad monitored my Instagram, that would mean he doesn’t trust me.”
- Dad: “If you’re not doing anything wrong, what do you have to worry about?”
First, I asked you to role play the teenager. How might you respond to the dad? Here's a capture of what you suggested.
Then, I asked you to role play the parent. Why might a parent want to monitor their teenager's social media use? We broke out the Post-it notes for this.
You did a great job exploring a position that most of you (it seemed) did not initially agree with. Keep this in mind when you're writing argumentative essays in the future. To make a compelling case, you have to take the other side’s perspective seriously, understand it, and respond to it.