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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 15 2013: I am an educator and firmly believe that in this era of digital technology our children should be well equipped with the tools that are offered by this medium. With the availability of digital content at the touch of a screen social media if used sensibly provides better collaborative learning and through a process of reflection enhances student learning. I have personally used social media as a tool to inculcate learning amongst my at school and have found it rewarding. Initially when introduced students need to be guided for it is like a new toy to them but soon their intrinsic curiosity as a learner is aroused. After the introduction of social media as a tool for learning, students have realized that social media if used wisely enables them to communicate more effectively with both teachers and peers.
    My research shows that students actually take to social media like a fish takes to water. Social media must be introduced to students in the first few years of secondary school and they must be made aware of the pros and cons for better understanding. Teachers may act as facilitators. However, it is the responsibility of parents to guide students and in order to do this they first need to educate themselves the power and benefits of social media.
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      Feb 15 2013: Well said Veena. I absolutely agree with you. In fact we had a discussion on Quib.ly on how to use social media as a tool and surprisingly we got some great ideas there: If you would like to see the discussion it's here: http://quib.ly/qu/should-schools-harness-social-media

      Agree with you on the point that social media is so easily available. Better teach them how to use it wisely than scold them later for something unpleasant they may end up doing online.

      I'd also love to invite you to join Quib.ly as I think as a savvy educator you may find it interesting.
    • Feb 28 2013: i agree with your statement

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