With the increased popularity of social media have come more bullying, cheating and privacy concerns. Now, some are questioning whether schools — where students learn many lessons in morality — should include social media etiquette as part of the curriculum. Some, however, say teachers already have too much on their plates and that it is the responsibility of families to teach students moral and ethical lessons.
As the world of social media continues to grow, its application in the education world also increases. More and more teachers are harnessing the power of social media to help students connect with one another as well as voice opinions and debate with one another properly.
“I set up class blogs … these are designed to help students develop their ‘writer’s voice’ while providing them with an additional outlet for developing their opinions about complex topics in conversation with others,” Elizabeth Hilts, an adjunct professor at Fairfield University, told Mother Nature Network.
While the practice of using social media in a positive way for education has merit, its heavy usage has also opened the gateway for a number of negatives including bullying, slandering, cheating, invasion of privacy, and a loss of proper grammar usage.
The popularity of sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest has spurred a debate regarding whether or not students should be taught proper social media etiquette in school.
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