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How EdTech Can Encourage Healthy and Professional Social Media Use in Teens

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Today’s teens have never known a world without social media. It’s an established – and growing – part of everyday life, from the professional to the personal. While teens are pretty savvy regarding social media use, it can be a slippery slope if they aren’t educated on how to use it correctly and safely.

It’s up to educators and parents to properly educate today’s teenagers on healthy, productive, and professional social media habits. If teens aren’t well-versed in using certain platforms properly, they could fall victim to cyberbullying and identity theft, or even run into problems later in life when looking for a job.

Let’s take a closer look at how edtech can encourage healthy and professional social media use in teens, and how you can start to educate the teenager(s) in your life to make sure they’re using social media the right way.

The Need for Tech-Savvy Teens

As of 2022, it’s estimated that about 46% of teens use some form of social media almost constantly. Some of the most popular platforms for the age group include TikTok, Instagram, and Snapchat, but most teens have accounts on other platforms like Facebook.

Because today’s teens have grown up with social media and smartphones, they have an advantage when it comes to learning how to grow and adapt to any new platforms or changes to existing technology. They’re also the first generation to fully experience the benefits of regular social media use from childhood, including:

  • Staying connected with friends and family
  • Learning about current events
  • Accessing health information
  • Sharing creative ideas and projects
  • Meeting new people who have similar interests

However, because social media is “the norm” with so many teenagers, they might not be as aware of some of the common issues associated tech, including privacy and safety concerns, inappropriate content, and mental health risks.

This generation will lead the way when it comes to new tech innovations and big changes to social media platforms. There’s a growing need for tech-savvy people in the workplace. So, it’s just as important that teenagers understand the digital footprints they leave today can be found years from now when they’re ready to start their careers.

Edtech is an important tool for K-12 students to teach them how to stay safe, savvy, and on top of current tech trends. When teachers integrate new technologies into their classrooms and parents encourage educational tech at home, these students are more likely to know how to utilize technology in safe and effective ways, rather than relying on the “learn-as-you-go” technique that so many kids and teens grow up with.

Whether you’re a parent or an educator, you can help the teenagers in your life practice positive social media habits and avoid some of the pitfalls today and in the future by using technology as an educational tool.

How to Educate Teens Using Social Media

One of the best ways to teach teenagers to use social media properly is to incorporate it into your lesson plans. If you’re a teacher, showing your own social media skills can make it easier to keep the attention of your students – especially if you can show them something new.

For example, because more careers are relying on social media, you can teach your students things like best practices for content creation, how to develop a marketing strategy, and how to work as a team to gather and share assets.

Most kids and teens follow at least one content creator on a social media platform. Giving them the opportunity to “be” one for a lesson will really resonate with them, and you can sneak in a lot of useful information along the way when it comes to things like how to collect data, how to collaborate, and the importance of creating relevant content.

Platforms like Adobe Spark, Canva, and Storybird are all extremely useful for anyone dipping their toe into the world of content creation, and they’re perfect apps for students.

These lessons can carry over into other subjects and projects, and this is just one example of how you can incorporate social media into your school day. Don’t be afraid to get creative and inspire your students by utilizing platforms and strategies that they’re already familiar with.

Teaching Teens to Stay Safe

Teaching teens how to use social media effectively now and for their future endeavors is a great start. However, the most important thing you can teach them is how to stay safe on every platform. Some safety tips include:

  • Not giving information to strangers
  • Understanding how to set privacy settings
  • Creating strong passwords
  • Being aware of fake news
  • Using secure sites

There are some edtech tools that can make these tips easier to implement. One of the best is Securly, a student-based safety software that offers cloud-based web filtering. This allows students to steer clear of harmful web content. It also monitors sites visited, as well as keystrokes, so parents and teachers alike can be notified of things like cyberbullying or inappropriate content.

As your teen approaches graduation, you can also educate them on the best social media practices they can take with them to college. The transition to college can be a little stressful for both you and your teen. Knowing they have an understanding of how to stay safe online can offer you peace of mind and can make it easier for them to find new friends safely on campus.

You can also encourage the use of edtech resources like Headspace to promote mindfulness and meditation. Guided meditation can help to combat stress and help students stay in the present, rather than feeling anxious about the future. They can even use social media platforms before heading to school to interact with new roommates and check out campus activities they’re interested in.

Even though today’s teens know a lot about the social media atmosphere and how to use multiple platforms, they can always benefit from edtech. Don’t hesitate to use what you know to inform the teens in your life about safety, and the longevity of a digital footprint.

 

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Virtual Reality in the Classroom

Virtual reality (VR) is becoming more popular in schools as teachers can use it to bring lessons to life and meet the varying learning styles of their students. This technology can also help meet the needs of different students.

Virtual reality is a fun and educational tool that can be used to teach various subjects. It can allow students to explore different worlds and take a walk through the museums. Here are some ways VR can be beneficial when incorporated into a classroom.

Active Experience in Learning

Studies show students cannot learn best from reading a book or textbook. Instead, they can learn through application and interaction. One way to provide pupils with more hands-on experiences is through school trips. With the help of virtual reality, teachers can provide their students with this type of active learning right from their comfort zone.

Increase Engagement

Today’s world is full of limited attention spans, allowing students to engage with virtual reality immediately. Being excited about the technology and the lessons it can provide can lead to deeper levels of engagement. In addition to providing pupils with various educational experiences, VR also allows them to explore different environments full of new things to learn.

New Experiences

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of new experiences children can have through the use of VR technology. With the help of virtual reality, travel can be made more accessible by allowing students to explore different regions without needing permission slips. 

Children are naturally fascinated by the wonders of space and the ocean, and all that they have to offer allows them to satisfy their curiosity without the need for a rocket ship or submarine.

Through the eyes of various professional fields, such as soldiers, surgeons, and museum curators, students can better understand what it would be like to be a professional in these areas.

Encourage Learning and Retention

In addition to keeping students engaged, virtual reality can also help them retain critical information. Studies have shown that people tend to remember what they’ve done rather than what they read. This is why pupils must make real memories with the help of virtual reality.

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Cloud Computing and Education

The education industry has changed a lot over the years. Teachers and students no longer have to be confined to classrooms and textbooks, as mobile devices and computers have allowed them to reach out and connect with their learners anywhere. The right technologies can help students develop the skills they need to succeed in today’s competitive world.

Imagine being able to pursue a degree in a college thousands of miles away. Cloud computing is one of the most critical factors driving innovation in the education industry. This technology allows students to access a variety of educational resources from anywhere. Understanding its impact on the landscape is very important to ensure that you can make informed decisions when choosing a school.

Cloud Computing and Education

Cloud computing is a setup that allows users to access various educational resources from anywhere. It enables schools and colleges to unite their students and teachers on a single platform. Unlike traditional hardware, cloud computing does not require organizations to own and maintain their own data centers and servers.

With cloud computing, education institutions can now access a wide range of educational resources and services, such as databases, computing power, and storage. They can also be sure that their data is secure.

Accessibility

Access and managing various educational resources are unmatched in the cloud. It eliminates the need for schools and colleges to maintain their infrastructure and allows students to take advantage of the latest technology. Its seamless delivery and ability to send and receive content on mobile devices make it an ideal choice for students.

Virtual Classrooms

With the help of cloud computing, educational institutions can now offer virtual classrooms, significantly reducing operational costs. They can also cut down on the expenses associated with onboarding new teachers. Since they can work with trainers who are also remotely based, they can save on resources.

Teachers can create and deliver online courses, allowing them to reach out and connect with their students wherever they are. They can also save time and money by participating in virtual exams.

Data Storage

Aside from reducing costs, cloud computing also provides organizations with secure data storage. Many educational institutions have adopted a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to protect their data. This protocol ensures that the cloud’s traffic and data sent and received are protected from unauthorized access. Additionally, users can use a VPN to protect their privacy.

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