Teaching Social Media to Youth
Applying my learning from Teacher Academy
with Duval County Public Schools
Being a Social Media speaker and presenter one of the
challenges when speaking to young people in high school
or college is validation of what I’m sharing.
The validation that I know what I’m talking about, they
need to trust me and believe me when I give them facts
and share my experiences and ideas. My responsibility
and accountability is based on my personal and
professional responsibility as a parent and educator.
You can speak, preach and use personal experiences, but
sometimes it takes the use of facts and information from
other sources to really open youth’s eyes to what is
important and relevant.
The other piece to this is educating parents and grandparents
that claim they have no clue about the use of Social Media
platforms and technology in general. The generational
divide in technology requires teachology abilities to teach
the diversity in empowerment of Social Media.
Teachers may teach, students may learn, but students
also have to “apply” what is learned. The scaffolding or
building on content is important to provide connectivity.
The connectivity is based on their personal experiences
and how I can connect to each or most of the youth I’m
speaking too. Many speakers and presenters throw facts,
data, statistics at their audience, I encourage
participation and engagement.
During my presentations at the Learn2Earn Experience,
Mayor Alvin Brown and his staff and TRIO with Upward
Bound students with USF my focus was to encourage the
positive creating and posting of content. That this
generation is not my generation where our first
exchange of information was through a handshake,
eye to eye contact and exchanging phone numbers and
family histories. Making a connection
that is both personal and interactive. Youth have a
digital interaction not a physical one.
Today’s youth establish their reputations online and
create social perceptions by their Social Media content.
Their digital footprints that is permanent and rich in
multimedia elements. The expressiveness and interactive
engagement allows youth to go beyond the basics of just
an introduction. It involves embedding, linking,
interacting and relevancy to life and relationships.
There is so much that I want to share during my presentations,
but a key understanding is the use of Social Media comes with
great responsibility. The statement:
“With great power comes great responsibility”
Voltaire. Jean, Adrien. Beuchot, Quentin and Miger, Pierre,
Auguste. “Œuvres de Voltaire, Volume 48”. Lefèvre, 1832
Using teacher skills I try to get students to take
responsibility for their learning. To build independent
learners using strategies as Gradual Release of
Responsibility Models where students when finished with
the presentations continue to learn on their
own. This is important for continued reflection and growth.
As I present I like to use my teaching skills of Gradual
Release of Responsibility Model (GRRM) of Instructional
delivery. Allowing students to connect my training to
their past learning and future applications.
The instructional delivery is important it has to
address the diverse learning modalities of youth. Interaction
is important, contributions to assist the youth to be engaged
and involved. The transition comes in a dynamic exchange
from presenter centered to audience centered.
As students learn more about the power of Social Media
they are learning the impact of Social Media conduct and
how bad conduct could possibly negatively impact educational opportunities, their social perceptions, impact youth career options, and societal perceptions of youth. Several lessons
that not only Learn2Earn Experience and Trio Upward Bound
students needed to learn, students need to understand about
Social Media platforms.
There are multiple ways to share and receive information on
multiple platforms. Students need to understand the
differences, strengths and weaknesses of each.
Several elements that I try to teach are from A Guide To
Social Media http://mashable.com/2013/07/29/teachers-social-media/
that can be applied to education. Getting the students to
understand these elements:
1.Do not post illegal activities:
keep posting illegal activities online and diminish your chances
of entrance into higher education, employment and social safety.
If you are involved in criminal behaviors using video to record
it then sharing can create possibility for school expulsion and
criminal prosecution. Remember even if you have your security
settings posted for Friends only your “friends” can always
download and save photos and video that can be used against
you in a court of law. If they don’t report you they could be
held accountable for not contacting law enforcement.
2. Review your Social Media Platforms:
regularly perform a thorough review of the information and
content on your social media profiles. Remove information
that is hurtful when applying for higher education, future
careers and scholarship potentials. Even de-friend people
that leave hurtful or inappropriate content on your site.
This can hurt your Marketing and Branding of yourself.
You can be held with Guilt by Association”
Even if you not involved you are still associated with the activities.
Bullying is a growing issue for schools and law enforcement.
Posted on line are hateful and mean words shared between
students often leading to violence, suicide, depression and
even may lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Parents and
even teachers must be diligent and aware of how technology
is being used if Bullying/Cyberbullying are happening.
If students are involved in Bullying they can face expulsion
also serious criminal prosecution. Parents check your school’s policy on bullying, read student code of conducts that are
being modified to include bullying.
4. Trash Your Teachers:
Bullying is not just student to student, but student to
teacher and teacher to student. Students do have rights
of Free speech, but they cannot speak poorly of their
teachers using threats of violence on physical harm,
destruction of property, emotional, psychological
and social harassment. A good point for students is that
you may not like all your teachers, but “You never know
which one of your professors or teachers will hold the
keys to the next great internship or job reference.”
High school seniors need to understand that negative
posts about specific colleges or geographical areas
maybe seen by a school and they with draw or decline
a scholarship. Admissions officers investigate the
social media activity and personalities of applicants
through social media platforms.
5. Posting Objectionable Content From
School Computers or Tablets:
Schools and school districts monitor activity on
their networks. Social Media access is disabled in
many cases so that limits objectionable content and
the use of profanity and threatening behaviors.
Even if a student was able to gain access they are
identified by an IP address that identifies them.
6. Post Confidential Information:
Just like you don’t share your social security
information with the world, you should not share
your passwords and personal information that people
can steal or make youth vulnerable to online predators
and identity thieves.
Protect your identity, keep it from being stolen.
7. Social Media Check-Ins:
All youth do not need to use all Social
Media platforms. Depending on age youth should be careful
about using such applications like Foursquare, Instagram
and Tumblr to post where they are. Youth should not be
specific of their locations especially at remote locations.
Social media analyst Brad Hines advises,
“It is usually wise to do little sharing of where you
are if you are by yourself, or have left your home by itself.”
8. Threatening Violence:
Threatening a person or even a group of people is serious.
Parents need to check their child’s content, if there is
a threat law enforcement has a right to investigate.
Students have been arrested and jailed for threatening
to do bodily harm, threatening to destroy public
and private building.
An example is Alexander Song posted his intentions to Reddit:
to “kill enough people to make it to national news.”
Police located the young man and arrested him at school.
Even though he had no weapons he was arrested and jailed.
Don’t use Social Media to vent your frustrations and violent thoughts.
9.Unprofessional Public Profiles:
If your in High School, College/University and even in
Middle School your social media digital footprint
is reflective of who you are. Searching for a job,
Internship, scholarship, and job that is how people
will gauge and judge you. In a Google search or a social
media examination there is a high chance that companies
are looking into your history. Be careful of your speech,
be careful of who and what you’re associated with.
“Whenever I evaluate a potential employee, I always
take a look at what is publicly visible on their
Facebook profile,” says Ryan Cohn, vice president of
social/digital operations at What’s Next
Marketing. “On two separate occasions, I have rejected
entry level prospects (finishing their senior year of
college) for featuring firearms in their profile picture.
Both were qualified in terms of experience and otherwise
would have been worthy of an interview.”
Word to the wise for youth from elementary to graduating
college students. Watch you Social Media content, be careful
of your photos and interactive media like movies and
videos. People are looking at you!!!!
Pictures from Learn2Earn Experience at Jacksonville University