Social media is penetrating and changing our world–and it’s happening fast. For me, it seems totally normal. Facebook became popular when I was in high school. Technically, you have to be thirteen to have a Facebook. After talking with students this week, I’d say about 70% of our students at Sylvester have Facebook accounts. They felt no guilt over sharing this with me.
If you’re a parent or a teacher, you may find this link helpful. It is not ILLEGAL for a child under the age of thirteen to have a Facebook account, but it IS in violation of their Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. Facebook would rather be informed of this misconduct my the child’s parents, however. They suggest that parents show their kids how to disable their accounts.
Onto a more positive note about social media. It can actually be quite helpful, when used appropriately. Book publishers and authors use Facebook to reach out to their readers; in turn, readers use it to keep up-to-date on their favorite books. Publishers and authors have the right idea, using Facebook to push boundaries and engage their audiences. Here’s an interesting quote from LMC (Library Media Connection) Magazine:
“Reading requires the reader to be actively engaged in making meaning from the text. Technology with social media allows entirely new possibilities for creating and sharing these meanings.”
Come to the library to read the full article.
Furthermore, it’s important to remember that students (we hope they are middle or high school students) who use social media are actively engaged in text and multimedia. They are learned to process information on a whole new level!
That’s why I’ve included a widget for Goodreads on the left hand side of this website. Goodreads is another form of social media–but for books. It’s a way to share what you are reading with you friends. You can create a profile, participate in a discussion, and rate the books you’ve read. I highly recommend this for students and teachers. It’s informative, but it’s also fun!
On a parting note, another quote from LMC:
“We can look at new technologies as competition for the time and attention of young people, or we can look for way to harness these technologies to put more ‘books’ in the hands of more readers.”