6 Pros & Cons Of Social Media In The Classroom
Social media is such a prevalent part of modern society, especially for kids and teens. In most schools phones and mobile devices have been banned from being used during the school day and social media websites like Twitter and Facebook have been blocked on school computers. Schools are beginning to take a different approach by introducing social media into the educational system itself. Here are some pros and cons of social media in the classroom and how it is being used for educational purposes.
The Rise of Social Media
While social media pervades society today, it wasn’t always the case. For a lot of us, when we think back to our days in high school if we wanted to talk to our friends we called them, went to the movies, and had face-to-face study groups. That was our way of forming relationships with our peers. Then social media came. I remember the first time I had to deal with it from the seat of a teacher. Facebook was on the rise, and I helped break up a fight among a group of young ladies in the hallway. When we finally were done figuring out how the fight had started, it went back to comments someone had posted on Facebook.
Looking at Social Media in Classrooms Objectively
Social media can be a tricky issue for educators wanting to bring it into their classrooms. While there are cons to consider, such as student safety and appropriate use. The horror stories of children on social media are usually at the forefront of teachers who shy away from using social media with students. However, it can be a powerful tool for students. As you approach social media in the classroom, be sure to remember you have to train students how to use it and be safe. Once you do that, there are unlimited ways you can use it to connect your students across your class periods and perhaps even across the globe.