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Chanda Gohrani

Social Media Manager , Quib.ly

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Should social media be taught in school?

More and more kids are being bullied on social media, few even losing their lives. Also a lot of them spoil their future job possibilities by posting something stupid online because they don't understand future employers must be watching.

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  • Feb 27 2013: I don’t believe social media should be taught in school because children and especially young children do not fully understand the ramifications of posting comments, articles, pictures or videos on social media or on the internet. They don’t realize it can come back to bite you at the time or even in later years. It can also cause irreparable harm to other children if used incorrectly as in bullying other children. It can also cause legal harm to the child and to the parents of that child. There are some good aspects to allowing children to access social media but in my opinion the bad aspects outweigh the good.
    • Feb 28 2013: Really interesting answer, Laura. Because it could be argued that the aspects of social media use that you mention are all good reasons why social media *should* be covered in school! In other words, teenagers are using social networks in their millions (and pre-teens too) so they need to be taught, in your words, 'the ramifications of posting comments, articles, pictures or videos on social media or on the internet' also, echoing your words, the harm that can be caused if not used safely, what to do when bullying occurs, and the legal aspects. Really the question is whether social media should be taught in school, not whether kids should be allowed on social media (in many ways, that ship has sailed) and I think your answer highlights why it should.
      • Feb 28 2013: Holly, I could not agree more with you. By the way, if these same schools are using the internet, computers, technology, etc... in their curriculum then they should be responsible as a participant. As I stated to Chandra, the schools should teach Socially Responsible Media just the same as sex ed, driver's ed, health, etc...

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