Social Media should be part of the curriculum

Last updated: March 7, 2017

Social media is the most up to date way of communicating; young people in particular are hooked. Yet as with many such technologies schools mostly consider social networks to be detrimental to learning and they are restricted or banned in schools. Instead social media should be embraced as a way of learning that engages with young people not only does such technology engage pupils and encourages learning about technology and how to use it but it allows contacts with schools all over the world. Should schools embrace social media?

Social Media should be part of the curriculum
Yes because...

Social media is a good tool in a classroom.

Using social media in a classroom, pupils could discuss their lesson not only with each other but with pupils in other schools. They can instantly share their work. Outside school, pupils can discuss homework and teachers can remind pupils easily of impending exams and homework deadlines.
No because...
Social media would also be an endless source of problems - mostly children hacking into school accounts and causing the school a bad reputation, abusing the privelage of using the account in general, also cleaning out viruses and the need to constantly check for updates.

Social Media should be part of the curriculum
Yes because...

Social media relates school to life.

School is supposed to prepare children for life and yet it is completely disconnected from it. This is necessary to a certain extent so that pupils are safe and can concentrate on their work but it is taken to the extreme. Pupils are hardly allowed to socialise and frequently can't even discuss work with each other during lessons. Social media sites are a good bridge between school and the outside world because you can still focus the class on useful learning activities such as finding the latest news and reactions to it, or submitting work to be reviewed by a wider audience.
No because...
School is supposed to be analogous to a formal situation such as in work. In most office jobs, you aren't allowed to use your mobile phone in work and Facebook is blocked from work computers – precisely because you're supposed to be concentrating on your job. Having school be a certain social context with rules is important to teach children that this will be the case in life as well.

Social Media should be part of the curriculum
Yes because...

Social media creates a positive atmosphere in the classroom.

Social media sites have positive associations for school-age children, so they will appreciate its use in schools. They will respect teachers who know how to use social media properly. As well as being an enjoyable activity for them, they will also feel more motivated because they already know something of the subject and because their online identity is one they choose for themselves and where they are equal to everyone else on the Internet, not the stifling conformity of a classroom.
No because...
It is more likely that the school use of social media will pick up the negative associations of school. It will be seen as a watered-down version as they won't be able to do as they like. It may be seen as school intruding into their life outside school.

Social Media should be part of the curriculum
Yes because...

It teaches social responsibility

The vast majority of young people in schools use social media and social networking sites, whether they like to keep in touch with old friends or make new ones, they are vastly popular, and no amount of scolding from teachers will deter them. They've heard it all before. Having a Facebook account or what have you teaches young people the importance of internet safety. It teaches them to be responsible with the amount of information they put up, the photos they publish, the things they write, etcetera. However, some children only learn this the hard way- perhaps, when they or someone close to them has been a victim of online identity theft. If social media was part of the curriculum they would learn the importance of it right from the beginning, and not wait until something forces them to.
No because...

Social Media should be part of the curriculum
Yes because...

YES !

i think this because, many teenagers and kids have social networking sites, such as facebook .. etc. and if social networking was apart of the curriculum then teachers could teach students how to use these sites in a safe and harmless way. The truth of the matter is more teens use these social networking sites than adults themselves, and if teachers were able to help the students, teach them how to use the sites in appropriate and safe ways, it'll make a difference. A lot of people miss-use social networking sites in bad ways, either discrimination, or degrading, so if teachers were able to teach and protect their students from these things by teaching it to them and adding it in the curriculum, they could change how teens use the internet in a positive way. Also i feel that, teenagers would like to learn more about social sites, and they would like to know how to use it the right way, so if they were taught at school, this would be a positive thing to do. In conclusion, if social networking was added to the curriculum it would be a positive thing to do!
No because...

Social Media should be part of the curriculum
Yes because...

YES, I think this because; many teenagers and kids have social networking sites, such as facebook... Etc

YES, I think this because; many teenagers and kids have social networking sites, such as facebook... Etc. and if social networking was a part of the curriculum then teachers could teach students how to use these sites in a safe and harmless way. The truth of the matter is more teens use these social networking sites than adults themselves, and if teachers were able to help the students, teach them how to use the sites in appropriate and safe ways, it'll make a difference. A lot of people miss-use social networking sites in bad ways, either discrimination, or degrading, so if teachers were able to teach and protect their students from these things by teaching it to them and adding it in the curriculum, they could change how teens use the internet in a positive way. Also I feel that, teenagers would like to learn more about social sites, and they would like to know how to use it the right way, so if they were taught at school, this would be a positive thing to do. In conclusion, if social networking was added to the curriculum it would be a positive thing to do!
No because...

Social Media should be part of the curriculum
No because...

Why teach someone to do what they already know how to do?

Children already use social media frequently and probably know more about it than most teachers. School is for learning to do new things and for having wider experiences - to provide something more than just sitting in front of Facebook.
Yes because...
They will know on a superficial level but not really understand the best uses of the media. They won't know how to go past the most trivial uses of Facebook and use it for a creative project, as a tool for political change or to start up a business. They won't know how the site actually works on a programming level. They probably won't know how to protect themselves from online dangers.

Social Media should be part of the curriculum
No because...

It would be too difficult to get the class to concentrate.

It is very easy to sit down with the intention of working on an essay and then be distracted by Facebook and Youtube. A class of children has a very short attention span and usually welcome any distraction from work they don't want to do. The Internet is full of constantly changing high-speed information in formats that are easier for the mind to digest than school work.
Yes because...
If the lesson is already using the social media to its fullest, the social media can't be used as a distraction. Besides, a lesson shouldn't be designed to make it easy for the teachers to control the class - the teachers should be good at controlling the class.

Social Media should be part of the curriculum
No because...

Hacking

Data can be extracted from student's respective laptops/P.Cs.
viruses can be caught.

Yes because...
Students can be taught how to use social media securely, the class could include lessons on installing anti-virus programs, fixing Facebook privacy settings, what kind of information not to exchange online with possible sexual predators(everyone's a suspect, a kind of 'Don't talk to strangers' for the internet.


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