Why social media education is needed in schools (social media: intimate…
Why social media education is needed in schools
social media: intimate part of a large majority of tweens' and teens' lives
BUT: intertwined in everything we do: it's like eating, bathing, talking
FB, Instagram, Snapchat: the most popular social media apps
social media: not an add-on/extracurricular activity
social-media platforms : have gotten so
that they slowly direct students' attention away from schoolwork&toward the screen
when you're in middle&high school, a lot depends on your status in social media
getting a large amount of likes on a photo secures your status
it makes teens feel important, popular, well liked
once students have a certain number of followers or likes, it's easier for them to feel they have control or power socially
what they say goes: they influence others
social media education
the role of parents?
do they know all of the ins & outs that exist with the continually evolving&changing world of social media?
the role of educators?
one of the goals of education: provide students with skills for living their lives safely&productively now&in the future
like the driver's education: where the intent is to teach teens skills for being safer in their everyday life
we know that teens&driving can be dangerous
instead of banning it in schools, teach them proper&safe driving practices
social media education: needs to be used in the classroom
so students get the experience 'proper' social media uses
students should be reached about how to use properly use&leverage social media
educators have a responsibility to teach students how to use it properly
instead of banning it from our classrooms, we need to embrace it and model the many great ways that it can be used
unique challenges for female teens on social media
for many girls: the pressure to be considered 'hot'
feel the constant need to stay connected to everyone around them
'social media is destroying our lives' Then why not quit? Because then we would have no life
cyberbullying with tragic results
parallels between sex education&social media education
A 'no' or a 'just don't do it' won't work