I came across this image a while ago. It says it all: It’s a ME world alright!
With so many ways to communicate and share, I sometimes feel that the means overtakes the ‘me’. Hours and hours of our time are whittled away as we share the minuet of our daily lives in an online world which is burgeoning with an ever increasing range of social networking websites.
Sometimes it’s hard to remember how life was BSM – Before Social Media!
It has crept up on us.
It eats up our time.
It dominates our lives.
It has impacted society.
An insatiable need to share and know what others are doing, thinking and feeling has evolved to incredible proportions. Social Media today seeps into every aspect of our lives and is not something that can be ignored. This new and powerful way of connecting, sharing and communicating is greater than many of us could have ever imagined.
It is inevitable that both positive and negative outcomes should derive from Social Media.
Bullying has transformed into cyberbullying. Programs to combat cyberbullying have spawned social intelligence curricula which are taking on increasing importance in the daily teaching agenda.
But a new and ugly impact of Social Media is dawning on educators. As we confront the reality of how easily our students can be encouraged, influenced, coerced, brainwashed or radicalized by another is a frightening reality which educators need to assess, consider and unitedly tackle.
Knowing how best to combat the powerful influence of dogma was never part of a teacher’s lot. It is now though.