Social media and having a social media account has become the norm in society today, this norm has been reproduced so that school children will now likely have an account of their own on a form of social media. I remember begging my mum to let me have a Facebook account when I was 12, even though the age requirement was 16 at the time. This leads me on to the topic of this week’s blog post, the issues of social media, and I will be looking particularly at school children.
Being at school there are many things to focus on, and now you also must think about your presence on social media. It is a big part of people’s lives these days, and there are many concerns of both teachers and parents when children have access to the internet. Here is a graphic to show a few of the concerns.
If you look back to topic 3, you can see some of the dangers of what can happen when you post of social media, especially Justine Sacco’s story. Therefore, it is so important to educate children when they are at school of the dangers of the internet. Here I have included a short video on internet safety.
When looking at the ethical issues of school children using social media 4 major concerns came about in my research; a code of conduct or legislation being needed, online harassment being a problem, a lack of awareness of who owns the materials placed on social media and how to protect the intellectual property of students who use it, and authenticity of voice which we have touched upon in topic 2.
Social interactionist look at the meanings behind our actions, a key theorist is Foucault. He looked t the ways in which both the state and individuals monitor their own and other behaviour in order to fit into societies rules and norms. This was influenced by the work of Bentham who came up with the idea of the panopticon which is applicable to institutions such as social media as you do not always know who is watching, therefore you must be careful what you are posting online. Therefore school children and everyone else need to be careful about what they are posting online. 43% of teenagers say they would change their behaviour if they knew that their parents were watching them. Thus showing how teens, like many, act differently online to as opposed to in person. This puts them in danger when participating online.
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