Sep 4 Posted 7 months ago
Thanks for the input. I agree wholeheartedly with your point. I guess before I teach a child how to cook, I want them to know that the stove is hot. I would love to see an article on the positive uses of social media by kids. Great idea. I do, however, disagree with your comment that teaching them how to use social properly means adults want to control their use. That is like saying that teaching them how to drive means we want to control their driving. It's just common sense to teach kids how to use something well, IMO, so they don't injure themselves or others. Proper use is not innate.
Sep 3 Posted 7 months ago
This is an interesting and helpful list, but like many others that try to explain social media in/out of education, it only focuses on the negatives. It takes the approach that kids are using their devices only for negative activities and therefore as parents and educators we must find ways to stop them, ban it, check it, and so on.
Additionally, higher education should be teaching students HOW to use social media for a variety of purposes (job hunting, interacting with experts, being up to date on their fields of study and/or career paths, making sure faculty are relevant and up to date in their fields, and so on.). The paragraph about higher ed only refers to teaching athletes about social media (which I am sure also takes a negative approach.) Most of higher ed is made up of non-athletes so it is important for all campus constituents, staff included, to learn how to best leverage and use these tools to help the institution succeed.
At some point, I'd like to see Social Media Today write up the positive side of kids and social media, or the education space and social media. Something about say DoSomething.org, a tool that empowers the 13-25 year olds to use social media to support and pursue a wide variety of social causes. Educators need to learn to use these powerful tools to create new learning (and teaching) experiences for their students. By doing so, students and children will understand that these devices and tools are not just something the adults are looking to ban and control.
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