Ideas for Teachers for February 2023

Jan 17, 2023 | Ideas For Teachers


Issue 1: TikTok Ban

SINCE ITS LAUNCH, TIKTOK has become a popular meeting place for under-25-year-olds, but recently the social media app is the subject of a slew of state bans and a U.S. national security probe. “S.5245 – ANTI-SOCIAL CCP Act”
Rubio/Gallagher OpEd: “TikTok, time’s up; app should be banned in America” “Senate Passes Bill Banning TikTok From Government Devices” “TikTok Owner Admits Employees Accessed Data of U.S. Users” “Lawmakers introduce bill to ban TikTok in U.S.” “U.S. lawmakers unveil bipartisan bid to ban China’s TikTok” “Revealed: How TikTok censors videos don’t please China”

Issue 2: Cryptocurrency “S.4760 Digital Commodities Consumer Protection Act of 2022”
Overview: “The Digital Commodities Consumer Protection Act Closes Gaps” “Your questions about cryptocurrency answered” “Congress considers crypto consumer protection bill SBF backed” “Why the crypto economy needs stricter regulations” “Impact of FTX’s Collapse Will Go Beyond Its Customers”


Issue 1: TikTok Ban

  1. Although they’re owned by the same company, China’s version of TikTok offers a child-friendly version, with educational videos and a time limit that isn’t offered in the U.S. Do you think it’s possible China is using TikTok to influence a generation of American youth with malevolent motives?
  2. Should TikTok be banned in the U.S.? Why or why not? If not, what alternative solutions do you suggest?
  3. U.S. lawmakers fear TikTok has become a tool for the dissemination of Chinese propaganda. In fact, sources have claimed that the Islamic State is posting propaganda on the app. Do these facts change your opinion of the situation? Why or why not?
  4. Is TikTok merely a fun video app, or something more insidious? If you were a parent, would you allow your kids to use the app? Why or why not?
  5. The app contains a great deal of private information about American users and this information is stored offshore. Is TikTok a threat to national security? Is it futile to worry about Chinese government surveillance in an age where all big tech companies (and the U.S. government) are spying on us anyway?

Issue 2: Cryptocurrency

  1. Some people believe that cryptocurrencies such as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are the new financing of the future. Do you agree? Why or why not?
  2. Certain lawmakers, such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), say cryptocurrencies need more regulation. What are the concerns about regulation, or lack thereof, and what do you think needs to be done?
  3. Warren says digital currency is not a “good way to buy and sell things and not a good investment and is an environmental disaster.” Is she correct?
  4. Should cryptocurrencies have to abide by the same regulations as securities, or should new rules be devised?
  5. Given the current lack of regulations on cryptocurrencies, would you feel safe investing all or part of your savings in it? Why or why not?