The Intro Video
The Results Are In
A Few Words of Reflection
It’s a fact that social media has become woven in the fabric of not only youth today, but society as a whole. So instead of slamming the use of social media by children, we need to understand it ourselves and model positive use. Contrary to other forms of media that are also accused of ruining childhood such as TV or radio, social media provides a platform in which youth can connect, create, and collaborate. There is potential to help children create intentional and positive digital identities. Why would we not take the opportunity while they are in the midst of forming their own opinions and understanding of what social media is ‘supposed to be’, and not only protect them from the pitfalls that are present in this medium but unlock the opportunities that are there to ‘to follow their passions, follow inspirational people, connect with people in careers they are interested in, and make a positive difference in their communities?’ Many youth that are already tapping into this potential and are not only improving their own childhoods (and setting themselves for success in the future) but making a positive difference in society. Here are a few of the exemplars given Michelle Wrona, Aidan Aird, Timmy Sullivan, Hannah Alper ,Olivia Van Ledtje, and Curran Dee. There will be many that will attack social media as a harbour of bad such as bullying, FOMO, and unrealistic expectations. These were present before social media, but the huge difference is our ability to sit quietly in the background but have a voice and a choice which when you look at society today is something that needs to be fostered and not stifled.
My Take on the Great Debate
Great Debate Resources
Check out the Great Debate Resources (click on image below) that we curated for this debate including our introductory remarks video and the resources from our worthy opponents.
Thank You To My Debate Partner
Thanks to Amy McDonald. What a great partner for this great debate. Check out her blog and her take on the great debate – https://twitter.com/AmyMcDonald03/status/1268602296994197504