I found this on LinkedIn, and it’s a really good question. Social media is part of everyone’s life–even if they don’t participate. Trends found on social media from those who are vocal impact those who don’t participate, especially when it comes to marketing and culture.
I would agree with the author’s mom, that yes, it should be taught in high school–the younger, the better. Kids are allowed, legally, to be on Facebook, Twitter, and other media outlets when they reach the ripe old age of 13. I am the mother of a 13 year old who wants to be on Twitter, but I won’t let him. I won’t let him on any social media outlet at this point simply because he’s not mature enough for it. He doesn’t understand the implications of what he might type there.
Naturally, this is the kid who told me just last night that I don’t know anything about blogging because I should be putting hashtags in the middle of my blog. Well, maybe not hashtags, kid, but really? He told me I know NOTHING about social media and blogging, yet he’s never done any of it. Umm….yeah, kid.
Since most kids are starting to get involved in social media in high school, it seems appropriate to have some sort of course or one day seminar early in the year to teach kids how to use it appropriately and wisely. As usual, the UK seems to be leading the way on these kinds of issues, and yet there are so many kids–no matter what social clas they belong to–that have smartphones in the US. This is a no-brainer, really.
What do you think? Comment below.