“Don’t use social media to press people; use it to impact people.”
One of the greatest challenges our society is facing is how to effectively and properly use social media. This is not just a challenge for adults but for our children too. If you don’t think it affects our kids here are some social media numbers according to the Center for Cyber Safety and Education that might change your mind:
• 90% of kids have web connected devices
• 50% of kids 6-9 years old regularly use social networks
So with half of our children already on social media do they even know how to best utilize such a platform as this? It has the potential to guide children towards learning about different people’s perspectives, appreciating their diversity while providing them the opportunity to empathize with them and develop a certain level of respect for their unique differences. All the things we hope and want in our children to become more socially aware. But this is not necessarily the case and they are often exposed to the negative side of social media where people are degrading one another and trying to “one up” others in order to get a certain amount of likes from others they don’t even really know. This unfortunately is presenting a false sense of reality.
Social media has the potential to strengthen our ability to become more socially aware if we have open our minds the world around us and recognize all the good that is happening and follow those that are and do good. When you view posts by others do they inspire you to do great things and want to be a better person or do they leave you no better than when you first read them? Better yet, when you yourself post things are you trying to press people into believing what you believe in or is your intention to impact people and make a difference? Think about this the next time you go on to social media and the kind of mark you want to leave on the world.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards strengthening your social awareness skills?