Classroom Management Strategies and other Teacher Worthy Ideas
Twenty years ago we teachers and parents were concerned about how our children “felt about themselves” and being able to acknowledge their strengths and weaknesses. We encouraged them to accept their physical bodies and how to be best used in our world.
Enter the digital age – now our children and students have a new image to make or protect – their “social image” on places like Facebook and Snap Chat. Their friends are who they know on the net NOT their next door neighbors or cousins!
“Students’ torsos, arms, legs, and heads are sometimes here and sometimes there, but they’re always online. Facebook doesn’t fade in and out based on user need, but rather justifies itself and creates its own rules and needs for being. This means that users that seek to create an identity through such a social channel–twitter, for example–necessarily do so first through an existing pattern of followers, likes, avatar, and retweets.”
It can be said that their digital identity even proceeds their physical identity now.
Have you seen the video from the families in Connecticut that shares our need to know who is feeling disconnected or disenchanted in social situations? For instance, the student who no one sits with in the cafeteria. You may see this same student constantly on his/her phone in his “digital social world.” This same student just may be one who gets so disconnected that he begins to think of injuring those he knows. Sadly, the parents of this same students often have no idea he/she feels this way.
“Will the young people of the future question social values if they are trained from a young age by technological demands to express their person in a corporately constructed template?” In other words, will current and future students have their morals and standards formed by Facebook and Twitter rather than their parents, churches, synagogues, or community centers/
Serious thoughts for parents and educators to ponder, pray about, and share ideas with our peers.
If you’re interested in considering more of this topic, go to this site from teachthought.com and start to do what you can to help to stop this trend.