This is the topic we’ve chosen for our next CLASS DEBATE. It’s gonna be fun and since I always enjoy researching and updating my knowledge – it’s called long life learning 🙂 -I’ve created this post.
First of all I’d like you to answer the questions of this POLL.
When you hear the word “Social network” does your mind immediately think of Facebook? How many social networks do you know? Look at the frst video. Are you ready to enter the world of Social Media 2014? TAKE DOWN SOME NOTES while watching (ROI = return of investment redditività del capitale investito) we’ll share in class.
The second video is about the world of social media 2013. Did you notice any new information?
This is the lesson on Blendspace I created for you:
About 70% of American adults used social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Classmates.com in 2013. On social media sites like these, users may develop biographical profiles, communicate with friends and strangers, do research, and share thoughts, photos, music, links, and more.
Advocates (sostenitori) of social networking sites say that the online communities promote increased interaction with friends and family; offer teachers and students valuable access to educational support and materials; facilitate social and political change; and disseminate useful information rapidly.
Opponents of social networking say that the sites prevent face-to-face communication; waste time on frivolous activity; alter children’s brains and behavior making them more prone to ADHD (attention deficit disorder= iperattività) ; expose users to predators like pedophiles and burglars; and spread false and potentially dangerous information.
Look at this video. Is it so for you? Take notes of some data you find relevant.
These are the pros of Social Networks:
- Social networking sites spread information faster than any other media.
- Law enforcement uses social networking sites to catch and prosecute (perseguire) criminals.
- Social networking sites help students do better at school. 59% of students with access to the Internet report that they use social networking sites to discuss educational topics and 50% use the sites to talk about school assignments.
- Social networking sites allow people to improve their relationships and make new friends. 70% of adult social networking users visit the sites to connect with friends and family. 52% of teens using social media report that using the sites has helped their relationships with friends, 88% report that social media helps them stay in touch with friends they cannot see regularly, 69% report getting to know students at their school better, and 57% make new friends.
- Social media sites help employers find employees and job-seekers find work.
- Being a part of a social networking site can increase a person’s quality of life and reduce the risk of health problems. Social media can help improve life satisfaction, stroke ( ictus) recovery, memory retention, and overall well-being by providing users with a large social group. Additionally, friends on social media can have a “contagion” effect, promoting and helping with exercise, dieting, and smoking cessation goals.
- Social networking sites facilitate face-to-face interaction.
- Social networking sites increase voter participation.
- Social media facilitates political change. The 2011 Egyptian uprising (part of the Arab Spring), organized largely via social media, motivated tens of thousands of protestors for eighteen days of demonstrations and, ultimately led to the resignation of Egyptian President Mubarak on Feb. 11, 2011.
- Social networking is good for the economy. Social media sites have created a new industry and thousands of jobs in addition to providing new income and sales.
- Social networking sites help senior citizens feel more connected to society.
- Social networking sites help people who are socially isolated or shy connect with other people.
- Social media allows for quick, easy dissemination of public health and safety information from reputable (affidabili) sources. The World Health Organization (WHO) uses social media to “disseminate health information and counter rumours,” which was especially helpful after the Mar. 2011 Japanese earthquake and nuclear disaster when false information spread about ingesting salt to combat radiation.
- “Crowdsourcing“( the practice whereby an organization enlists a variety of freelancers, paid or unpaid, to work on a specific task or problem) and “crowdfunding” on social media allows people to collectively accomplish a goal. A mother was able to find a kidney donor for her sick child by posting a video on her Facebook page. Crowdwise, a social network devoted to crowdsourcing volunteers and crowdfunding charity projects, raised $845,989 (as of Nov. 20, 2012) for Hurricane Sandy victims.
- Social networking provides academic research to a wider audience, allowing many people access to previously unavailable educational resources. I
- Social networking sites offer teachers a platform for collaboration with other teachers and communication with students outside the classroom. More than 80% of US college and university faculty use social media; more than 50% use it for teaching; and 30% for communicating with students. Educators from around the world interact with each other and bring guest teachers, librarians, authors, and experts into class via social networks like Twitter and social networking tools like Skype. Edmodo, an education-specific social networking site designed for contact between students, teachers, and parents, reached over ten million users on Sep. 11, 2012.
- Social networking sites offer a way for musicians and artists to build audiences even if they don’t have a corporate contract. For example, pop star Justin Bieber was discovered on YouTube when he was 12 years old, and, in 2012 at 18 years old, Bieber’s net worth was estimated at $80 million.
- Colleges and universities use social media to recruit and retain students.
(adapted from SocialNetworkingProCon.Org)
These are the Cons of Social networks:
- Social media enables the spread of unreliable and false information. 49.1% of people have heard false news via social media.
- Social networking sites lack privacy and expose users to government and corporate intrusions. 13 million users said they had not set or did not know about Facebook’s privacy settings and 28% shared all or nearly all of their posts publicly.
- Students who are heavy social media users tend to have lower grades. Two-thirds of teachers believe that social media does more to distract students than to help academically.
- Social networking sites can lead to stress and offline relationship problems. A University of Edinburgh Business School study found the more Facebook friends a person has, the more stressful the person finds Facebook to use.
- Social networking sites entice people to waste time. 40% of 8 to 18 year olds spend 54 minutes a day on social media sites.
- Using social media can harm job stability and employment prospects. Job recruiters reported negative reactions to finding profanity (61%), poor spelling or grammar (54%), illegal drugs (78%), sexual content (66%), pictures of or with alcohol (47%), and religious content (26%) on potential employees’ social media pages.
- The use of social networking sites is correlated with personality and brain disorders, such as the inability to have in-person conversations, a need for instant gratification, ADHD, and self-centered personalities, as well as addictive behaviors. Pathological Internet Use (caused or exacerbated by social networking use) is associated with feelings of loneliness, depression, anxiety and general distress.
- Social media causes people to spend less time interacting face-to-face. 32% of those surveyed were on social media or texting during meals (47% of 18-34 year olds) instead of talking with family or friends. 10% of people younger than 25 years old respond to social media and text messages during sex.
- Criminals use social media to commit and promote crimes. Offline crime, like home robberies, may result from posting personal information such as vacation plans or stalkers gaining information about a victim’s whereabouts from posts, photos, or location tagging services.
- Social media can endanger (mettere a rischio) the military and journalists.
- Social networking sites harm employees’ productivity.
- Social networking sites facilitate cyberbullying. 49.5% of students reported being the victims of bullying online and 33.7% reported committing bullying behavior online.
- Social networking sites enable “sexting,”(is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photographs, primarily between mobile phones.) which can lead to criminal charges and the unexpected proliferation of personal images.
- People who use social networking sites are prone to social isolation. Social networking can exacerbate feelings of disconnect (especially for youth with disabilities), and put children at higher risk for depression, low self-esteem, and eating disorders.
- Social networking sites encourage amateur advice and self-diagnosis for health problems which can lead to harmful or life-threatening results.
- Social media aids the spread of hate groups. A Summer 2012 Baylor University study examined Facebook hate groups focused on President Barack Obama and found a resurgence of racial slurs and stereotypes not seen in mainstream media in decades like blackface images and comparisons of President Obama to apes.
- Children may endanger themselves by not understanding the public and viral nature of social networking sites.
- Social networking enables cheating on school assignments.
- Social media can facilitate inappropriate student-teacher relationships.
- Unauthorized sharing on social networking sites exposes artists to copyright infringement, loss of intellectual property, and loss of income.
- Using social media can harm students’ chances for college admissions. College administrators scan Facebook profiles for evidence of illegal behavior by students.
- Social media posts cannot be completely deleted and all information posted can have unintended (indesiderate) consequences.
- Social networking site users are vulnerable to security attacks such as hacking, identity theft (furto di identità) and viruses.
As you probably know, I’ve decided not to accept underage (minorenni) students as friends on Facebook. That’s because I don’t want to interfere with your personal life & I want to keep my “private” life as such (although I never put very personal photos or info on FB ). I’d like to know what you think about it. Should teachers and students be friends on Facebook? Answer the poll and if you have something to add say it in the comment.
I’d like to end this post with a useful message. As we are in 2012 and we cannot live outside the world of media as hermits nor without the net, the next video shows you the DO and DON’TS when using Social Networks. At least if you cannot survive without social networks at least use them correctly 😉