Online Community Leaders

Teaching online safety, professionalism, and leadership from day one.

Should Children Be Taught How To Use Social Media In School?

Yes, they really should be. In order to be Online Community Leaders we have to accept responsibility for future internet users. We need to ensure that our nation’s children are safe and while we can lead by example we should also incorporate social media into our classrooms. This is a growing digital world, is there really any harm in opening that digital life in schools and instructing proper and safe use? Check out my Proposal for more of my thoughts on this matter!

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Young Family Members Online

Not too long ago both of my little brothers got on Instagram. Shortly after this I made sure they had their privacy settings on. Today my younger cousin sent me a request on Instagram as well, and after looking at his profile I messaged him telling him to put his privacy settings on as well. Even with these settings, I still monitor what goes on on their accounts. For example, my brother once posted a shirtless picture of himself trying to show off his muscles. I understand he’s a teenage boy and that’s what teenage boys do; I made him delete it. I discussed with him why he shouldn’t post those anymore, and he hasn’t tried to since.

It’s not easy having younger family members online. For one, it makes me feel old, but it’s also my responsibility as an Online Community Leader to teach them what to do and how to act behind their screens. Children won’t inherently know these things, and it’s up to the adults in their lives to be positive role models who teach them right from wrong. It’s important to teach children as well, instead of just reprimanding them. They need to understand why what their doing is inappropriate. If they want to have a life online, they need to understand just what that entails.

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