I joined Facebook a few years ago. My high school class was having a reunion, and the organizers started a Facebook Group to reach classmates all over the world. Last year I joined Twitter and Instagram. The first was for educational purposes. The principal at my children’s school was so excited about all the exciting things happening on Twitter that he encouraged the PTA and parents to see what it was all about. Instagram was purely because my daughter. She wanted an account and there was no way I was going to let her sign on without #1 being able to understand and use it and #2 being able to follow her and see what she was posting and who she was following and being followed by.
Now that I use these forms of social media, I am certain of two things – social media isn’t going anywhere, and we need to teach our children how to use it safely, intelligently, and get the most out of what it offers.
This needs to be a joint effort by parents, teachers, and school staff. By teachers modeling the proper use of social media in the classroom, students learn in real time how to maximize these tools. Whether it’s through classroom blogs, Edmodo, Twitter, or the other options out there, students need to learn the value and importance of digital citizenship in today’s world and their future.
These are my thoughts, what are yours? Does your child’s teacher use social media in the classroom? Have you had positive or negative experiences? If you are against the usage of social media in school, what is your argument?