PROHIBITING THE USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA IN CLASS PROJECTS
11 June 2019
The recent news from the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) about their appeal for schools to stop the use of social media in giving class projects and homework should be fully supported by the Department of Education (DepEd).
Social media is the easiest to deliver information in this digital age using the latest on-hand technologies. However, it opens the door to one’s identity in the world wide web making young learners prone to different cyber threats. Social media as a tool for collaboration and communication could defeat its purpose if not used properly and may cause serious problems. It can also be a tool that could provide gaming applications, marketplace or online services, and viewing of different multimedia content which are not appropriate to the level of maturity of young learners.
The use of social media in the classroom could promote any or all of the following problems that the school not be aware or be caught unprepared for:
- Social media has a group chat feature that has adult content which can elicit malicious and incorrect values to learners;
- Social media may open doors for cyber-bullying, identity-theft, online gambling, pornography and market fraud that can cause self-isolation, humiliation and trauma;
- Social media can cause too many problems with the study habits of learners. they can be distracted with the different available tools and pings in Social Media; and
- Social media can cause deceit to parents because children who are attracted to social media can easily say that the are waiting for the teacher’s assignment post. Eventually it could result to poor performance ins school.
Debate.org has also conducted a survey whether social media be used in education, and 43% said yes as of this writing and 57% said no. Read more about this on https://www.debate.org/opinions/should-social-media-be-used-in-education.
Read some comments in Facebook.
Lea Doligosa Great move. If schools want to use social learning, there are plenty of platforms like Schoology that they can use. These are made specifically for instruction, so kids will be safe. I hope schools, even the public ones get to explore this option.
John Audi B those 4 bulleted items are some of the many reasons why SHS students are educated through subjects like Media Information Literacy and Empowerment Technologies. Instead, DICT should promote on how to properly use social media as a platform for education and other positive opportunities, not suppress it..
Hariel Nalda I’m a student and sometimes I can’t go to school due to some circumstances. Through social media such as messenger, google classroom, or gmail, my teachers or classmates can provide me the lessons I’ve missed. Also, through social media, it’s very easy and way cheaper than buying such materials. It helps not just the students but the parents as well to lessen expenses. So how can you say that social media is NOT A GOOD WAY of giving school projects and homework? If you hit me with that cyber threats, it depends on how students use such platform. Plus the guidance of Parents.
Joel Bautista I strongly agree with this one. There are many pros and cons of using social media in the classroom as already stated in that memorandum, so now the question is should schools allow social media in schools? I think there are still other options we can explore in order to improve the communication between teachers and student
Christopher Valle I am a teacher. And some of the college subjects that I am handling have no available books in the market. If there are available books, they are the FIRST EDITIONS (many contents to be edited). I found a book that APPENDIX section is thicker than the contents….So I need to find useful/truthtful articles for their reading. And post them in social media.
I also have part-time teaching in Junior High. And they need CONSTANT reminders all the time even if I gave the projects/assignments two weeks ahead.
Some of the students would absent for some reasons. And they would only be updated by using social media……Sorry, this memorandum is biased…..
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