The rise of social media gives schools another opportunity to use a real world connection with their students. The benefits are plentiful, allowing for collaboration and communication opportunities both in and out of the classroom. Depending on the social media tool selected, students can share videos, writing, and photos while allowing others to comment and interact. While the socialization aspects are powerful, educators should strongly consider the online safety of young teens before venturing into social media. If not supervised properly, social media can open students up to cyberbullying and leaving a negative digital footprint, both of which could have strong, lasting effects. Social media has become ingrained into the teenage lifestyle. As with other cultural touchstones, schools should not be afraid to make an educational connection. If the concerns are addressed properly, the benefits could be significant for both the students and the schools.
Barbour, M. K. (2015). Social Media in Secondary School Settings. Retrieved from https://touroscholar.touro.edu/tucse-pubs/1