Social media has the power to connect us, propel movements like #NationalSchoolWalkout and #MarchforOurLives, serve as entertainment, but it can also feel addictive and overwhelming. We know it’s important to find a balance between the time we spend online checking our social media accounts and offline but it’s often easier said than done. What does this mean for us, our kids, and their learning at schools and in their classrooms?
During the time that my daughter has been in middle school, our school has moved away from a strict cell phone policy that prohibited phone use during school hours to a more lenient one. Students are now allowed to carry their phones with them during the school day and use them before and after school, as well as during lunch.
While the shift has been controversial among some parents who would prefer a return to the previous policy, our school administrators recently shared that teachers report having fewer discipline problems because of cell phones than in previous years.
Social media wellness is critical but we can’t deny that cell phones and social media are a big part of our kids’ worlds.
We’ll be sharing tips for learning the language of social media, how to teach kids to self-regulate their social media use, how teachers can help promote positive online interactions, and also answering your questions about social media in the classroom.
Tonight’s WeAreTeachers Facebook Live will start at 9pm ET/6pm PT and be 15-20 minutes. Don’t miss it!
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