Social Media and Community Involvement
Speaking to over 100 Duval County high school students participating
in the Learn2Earn Experience at Jacksonville University and students
at the Black Male Explorers Program at Edward Waters College,
discussing Social Media and Social Networking safety is very important
because of the content that is created by teens and posted on interactive
and dynamic platforms that can extend globally.
Social Networking is booming for youth and teens, it is on the rise because
of the integration of technology and its ease of use and potential abuse.
Content is important because of its ability to create an impression about
a person. Perceptions are important especially when accessing Social
Media or Sm content. Youth should not be viewed as violent and
destructive. Videos like this are showing a dangerous side of youth and
teens that will affect their futures
Black youths rampage through Florida mall,
Technology, an ever emerging tool, expands the reach of youth, teens and
young adults past the boundaries of neighborhoods and distances. Sharing
my experiences as a STEAM educator and knowledge as a teacher
in higher education and Social Media consultant, the over 100 teens in
attendance at both places had great questions and concerns, all teens need
to understand the power and engagement of their content. It does not take
a technology degree, or a marketing degree (learning the basics is important)
about the use of Social Media and Social Networking platforms. Empowerment
comes from education and research.
The misconception for online use is joining every social network, making
thousands of friends, sharing personal information and gaining multiple contacts.
Managing personal access and implementation of resources is common sense
and parents should teach their children that they (their children) do not have
to be friends with everyone and share personal information with strangers.
Social Networks are designed to be “Social,” there are guidelines that should
be established to keep everyone safe from predators and stalkers. Sites like
Facebook, Youtube, Vimeo, and others are user generated content creators
meaning that the content is created by the user. Sites like Twitter enable
micro-blogging using content that contains 140 characters or less. Each
is powerful and allows for diverse connectivity with diverse audiences.
Youth and teens use can be questionable and harmful in multiple ways.
Speaking to youth at the Prevent Crime In The Black Community content
produced and posted never goes away and content can influence relationships
in multiple ways as seen in this short video clip from the conference:
Preventing Crime in the Black Community short clip.
Several areas were covered during my 90 minute presentation that is
interactive and engaged the teens at conferences. Content is very important,
content is king and Social Media changes the social paradigm of engagement;
Lecturing on the importance of content and creating a positive perception
and positive presence online. At risk is the very delicate personal reputation
and far-reaching perceptions that create a personality. High school students
need to learn that having a web presence; social media presence does not
mean that everyone needs to know who you are, where you are and where you
Social networking has grown in billions of people in short years, the explosion
of the diversity online shows how the world has embraced and implemented
SM into their daily lives. SN / SM allows for peer collaboration on projects
and services that teens would never have imagined only 5 years earlier.
Surveys by the Nielsen Company have showed through studies teens spent
approx. 5 to 9 hours a day on social sites ranging from Facebook, Twitter,
Vine, SnapChat, YouTube and others.
The resulting globalization of Social Networks and Social Media Platforms
are the most popular online category followed by youth and teens. Parents
should be knowledgeable and set high expectations on their children’s
involvement and engagement online. Teens can be victimized by social
media sites and their posted content. There is stalking, bullying, porn,
sexting and other dangers that create questions for youth and teens about
their safety online.
Education and being proactive is very important for parents. Parents should
not have to wait looking at Google+, Facebook, SnapChat, Vine, and others
to see what their children are doing online. Parents should Google their teens
to keep track of online content that can keep them from earning scholarships,
internships, deny job opportunities and other opportunities that may be once
in a lifetime opportunities.
The implementation of Social Media and Social Networks has changed the
rules of monitoring and managing electronic devices for parents. Programs like
Learn2Earn Experience, Black Male Explorers, Upward Bound and
other programs provide unique chances for youth and teens to learn about
Social Media, Cyberbullying and Internet Safety.
The upcoming Life Choices A Youth Workshop will focus on Social Media
Safety, Bullying and other social issues teens and young adults face. Free to the
public parents are encouraged to bring their children this weekend, Saturday,
June 21st from 11am to 6:30pm. Lunch and Dinner will be served.
For more information contact:
Events like Prevent Crime In The Black Community should be attended,
supported by teens and young professionals that are role models in the
community. Preventing crime and equal education are paramount to improving
communities. Parents should work with organizations that share information
about Mental Health issues and the challenges and resources to address
serious issues of mental health, stress, social, emotional, cultural and
economic challenges. These resources are available to help people cope
and work to overcome seemingly impossible situations and
Mental Health in the African Community (MHIAAC)
Mental Health in the Community
The citizens of our community must be engaged, involved and active to
build our community stronger and healthier. Events like these for citizens
Attention Business Owners, Organizations, Concerned Citizens
Community Wealth Building Briefing w/Mayor Brown Today
Thursday, June 19, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Main Downtown Library
303 North Laura Street
1st Floor Lounge
Blogger / Writer / Speaker /
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Blogging at: My Quest To Teach
Social Media workshops available