This week on the Great Edtech Debate we began our second round of doing debates, for the last remaining two weeks we have our debates. At the beginning of the semester I was hoping to argue the topic of social media is ruining childhood but unfortunately I missed out on it. But I did enjoy seeing the arguments made on the two topics of the night. The first topic was social media is ruining childhood and the second topic was surveillance of student date and online activities by school systems is necessary to ensure student safety
Social media is ruining childhood
When it comes to social media I wasn't allowed to have it till I reached the age of 13 but by then I was still too busy enjoying life outside that I didn't see a need for it. Nowadays children often have social media well before they reach the age of 13, lying about their age while signing up so that the system didn’t flag them. Due to this increased use of social media students face the chance of being cyberbullied online at a young age. In our debate social media was brought up as a positive for expanding student knowledge and increasing their group support. This could be from learning more about different cultures, world-views and perspectives from the use of technology. But there also comes the warning of the need for digital literacy, knowing what is safe and what is harmful.
Surveillance of student date and online activities by school systems is necessary to ensure student safety
In my school our teachers often watched our screens as we were in the computer labs, making sure we were doing what we were supposed to be doing. Even though we knew this was happening some students still chose to misbehave online. From the help of tracking students online, we as teachers can see if cyberbullying or potential threats are being made, especially when it begins to question the safety of others. I have never personally tracked students online usage, but I also have never taught a straight computer class or lesson. Most schools have website blockers and that prevents a lot of safety for students on the internet, especially when they are at school.
For this debate I found it to be tough to pick a side on which ones I agree or disagree with. For the 1st topic I came to the conclusion that I disagree, I believe social media helps students learn and with proper coaching they can use it safely and positively. For the second topic I agree that surveillance is necessary for students to feel safe and secure in schools.