The statement social media is ruining childhood was debated this week. Melinda, Alyssa, and Lori were on the agree team while Erin, Brooke, and Daniel were on the disagree team. It was very difficult to choose a side for the pre-vote .this week.
After the debate, it seemed even MORE difficult, especially after each team presented their sides of the argument. I seemed to be more on the fence about this statement than anything, although I did end up choosing agree for the pre/post vote. As the opening videos were taking place this week, I was jotting down important points each side outlined. Below is a chart of the important jot points I made for both sides:
- Can cause depression
- Being judged by peers(not getting enough likes)
- Girls feel judged
- Attitudes behaviors and knowledge of children
- Videos of smoking, fighting, so on ,
- 20% of teen sends nudes
- Future jobs can become jeopardize from digital footprint
- Cyber bullying
- They lack self regulation with computer
- 71% of teens use more than one social media
- Children and parents are not aware of age limits
- 8/10 parents were not able to give correct guidelines
- Enable users to share content
- Benefits outweigh the risks
- Allow a sense of belonging
- Teen around the world to connect with other who can encourage and inspire them
- Teens use social media to stay in touch with friends
- Helps autonomy and self identity
- Social media is the new environment of kids sorting out their autonomy
- Can encourage learning
- Can share ideas, important educational value
- Allows youth to make a better place
- Create a positive change
- Prepare students to be digital citizens
There were some great points outlined by both teams. I bolded the points on each side that most stuck out to me in term of the ones I feel most concerned about as well the ones I agree with the most ( not saying the other are not important).
In terms of the agree side, it was concerning to me learning that social media can truly cause depression. As stated in the article The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents, and Families by Gwenn Schurgin O’Keeffe and Kathleen Clarke-Pearson, “Facebook depression,” defined as depression that develops when preteens and teens spend a great deal of time on social media sites, such as Facebook, and then begin to exhibit classic symptoms of depression”. In saying that, being cautious is very important when allowing your children to be a part of social media.
On the flip side, preparing students to be responsible digital citizens is KEY. The argument was made that technology is not disappearing. So with that, exposing, teaching, and introducing social media is very important to the safety of our children, and future children. A Generation Zer’s Take on the Social Media Age by The Learning Network stated that:
“so, I urge adults to back off, to encourage young people to use the internet to their advantage. Because while it’s easy to understand the mental and emotional drawbacks that can be associated with the cyber world, this connection to a diverse plethora of information has given us the opportunity to reach our own conclusions about the world, to make our beliefs known, to mobilize in efforts and take a stand”. In saying that, I completely agree with the fact that we need to be the advocates of social media. I myself use social media. One thing I could start doing sharing ways in which I am responsible when using social media as well other ways you can be responsible and safe.
So you see now how one could be on both sides of the argument. I think the BIG takeaway I got from the debate this week is that teaching is KEY as well parenting is KEY.
In other words, I think it is definitely a parent’s responsibility to educate, monitor, and coach their children of the positives and negatives of social media. On top of that, teachers should be reinforcing these key aspects of social media at school. Having both families and teachers involved I feel would be most effective for our children.
How do you feel about about our children being on social media?