Social media is a great way to connect with others who are part of a larger community, keep in touch and to gain knowledge and learn. Our younger learners may not yet understand all of the potential benefits that social media can have. They may also not be aware of the potential dangers and struggles that can arise through using social media. This post is not a post against social media in general or against connecting using social media. It is a reminder to help our students learn more about what to post and who to follow and communicate with online.
When you are communicating with parents, you can share some important reminders with them that will help them keep their students safe online:
- Have conversations about what is being seen online
- Check your child’s devices regularly with them
- Have conversations about the purpose of social media
- Talk about what is being posted and what is being seen online
- Have a social media contract so that everyone understands what is expected
- Know what apps and social media accounts are being used
- Stay up to date about scams and potential dangers online
There are a lot of great resources online to help parents navigate the concerns that come up with having students using social media.
Potential employers and college applicant reviewers are commonly checking the social media accounts and google for what their applicants are posting and/or following. We want to make sure that our learners are aware of what to post and that they recognize the benefits of positing statements that represent them in a positive manner. We can help our learners now by holding conversations today that will help them recognize positive influencers to follow and help them develop a positive online presence.