I have a lot of thoughts about social media. I am on it as well as most of the general population. As new technology is emerging we all want to get it as soon as possible. We want to follow all of the social media trends and be in tune with whats going on in the online world. Today you would be considered ignorant if you didn’t know what was going on in the world becuase we have such easy access to it. But what happens when those “trends” turn into something else. Inn a previous post I talked about dangerous trends but here I’m talking about the trend of cyberbullying. Cyberbullying has been around for most of my life, but when I was younger it mostly happened on chatrooms which I was not allowed to use so I thankfully never saw any of that. Nowadays it is so easy to comment on someone’s tweet, instagram photo and say some truly hurtful thing.
This Ted talk is a great example how online harrasement can be devestating.
I really liked how she talks about just being more compassionate. That isn’t something we should have to tell people, but it is the reality of our world. Just be a nice human being. But people are attracted to drama and if one person is doing it then they want to join in too.
This will affect our future students greatly. Becuase of that, we need to educate them on not only not participating in online harrassement but also what to do if it happens to them. We should be aware of what is going on online and have open and honest conversations if there is something that is currently in the media.
Another opinion that I have is we can teach kids that it’s ok not to be online. There was never a rule made that everyone has to have social media but as I said at the beginning, you might be considered ignorant. That is definitly not the case but not one has to be online and sees everything that goes on there becuase a lot of it isn’t nice or helpful in any way. “The IRL Fetish” by Nathan Jurgenson speaks a little about what happens if you take a step back from social media. Trust me, its not the end of the world and students should be ok with that.
Our world is always going to be changing, and yes I think the world would be a much better place without social media but that is not reality (plus it does have benefits, I know), As future educators we need to teach our students how to navigate the online world just like we teach them how to navigate the offline world.