“I can’t see grade-schoolers anymore often in the library” says Dr. Dean, a school administrator. It’s the effect of internet browsing, well, that’s the bright side of it. That simple phone used for communication is now more a research tool or a handy library that you can access everywhere. It didn’t limit to that, it comes still as a communication material not by short messaging but by social media messaging, now the darkside of it. These kids are not excited anymore with three stars on their hand for achievements, rather, they are more excited with a pop of notification from their phone. Deciding to print stickers rather than a mark of stars on their hand, Dr. Dean partnered with Blue Bee Printing, from a poor original image, they turned it into charming stickers and use it instead of star marks. Now for their achievements, they get the most stickers, the effect? They can’t wait to get one and post the picture on their social media accounts. Still, on social media! Though the advancement of technology is a must, there are pros and cons to the social media influence on grade-schoolers.
Here are some of the effects on
- Easy access to information. Social media provides an easier way for grade-schoolers to access a wide range of information. Researching for answers is simply a search away.
- Communication and collaboration. Communication is made easy and highly accessible through social media. By these means, pupils have preferred working together through collaboration. Information is quickly shared through messages, pictures, voicemail and videos, increasing their productivity as a group.
- Talent discovery. Pupils who are very shy in the classroom often share their talents silently through social media. Working privately at home in front of a camera makes it more convenient to come out for them. With a simple click to “upload” and share, some talents are discovered this way.
- Voicing out. Most students keep their school issues to themselves. But social media has provided an outlet for them to voice out their troubles. Whether the problem is the teacher, staff or school administration, their concern is just a type away. Some sites that hide their identity make it even more convenient for pupils to raise their issues. This raises awareness to help solve the problems.
- The continuous exposure to information and ideas give pupils greater chances to feed their minds. Curiosity and creativity is stimulated, producing more active minds to learn.
- Major distraction. Social media has been a major distraction to grade-schoolers inside the classroom. Access to social media through phone has significantly dropped their attention to learning. This causes their overall performance to decline.
- Lesser personal interaction. Interactions are often done on social media. This produces a negative impact on the social development of grade-schoolers, making them less effective communicating in person.
- Information retention and learning focus has decreased. The willingness to spend more time researching and reading books has declined. The easy accessibility to information on social media has reduced the interest of grade-schoolers to further dig in more information.
- Multi-tasking. At home, pupils combine studying and social media together. This greatly drops their concentration on tasks at hand, making them less effective inside the classroom.
- Cyber bullying. The early exposure to social media by grade-schoolers is really age inappropriate. They cannot be protected from cyber-bullies that can cause a great negative impact on their development. Not only has technology evolved, but also the means of bullying.