Saw this pic on facebook this morning. It made me recall a couple of things I’ve had to deal with in my profession this year with students and have witnessed with colleagues in the past as well.
Our students–of all ages–don’t understand the accessibility they are exposed to…they constantly assume it’s no big deal.
Social media is just that–SOCIAL –almost just like face to face, but THE DIFFERENCE IS today’s social (media) gives us this since of false protection, because we THINK we won’t have to suffer instant repercussions from WHATEVER we are posting. It’s almost like we think no one will see it OR only the people we really want to see it will be the only viewers.
This is true for any postings –a simple selfie, a rant about our government, a picture telling someone they are number one with your middle finger instead of the index finger which really means something mean and vulgar AND THE LIST GOES ON…
It’s all accessible to anyone and EVERYone–NOT our selected few. We forget this somehow. We forget that what we type, what we take a picture of, what we post—is actually REAL. It’s whatever we did prior to social media, but out there for an audience of a billion times more than it was before.
Looking at the picture above, I thought about us all…
THEN shared the picture and posted the words below along with it:
It’s not just 6th grade–It’s all ages. We are becoming so open to anything and everything that nothing is considered vulgar, kept sacred or left to our imagination. *sigh*