Power of Social Media
Social media is integrated into everyone’s life as it exists in our phone, tablet and computer. With this flexibility, educational institutes has integrated social media as a form of communication as it brings the listed benefits:
1- It is free and heavily used by everyone
2- Provides 24/7 availability for Students, Teachers and Parents
3- Convenient and efficient way to broadcast message
4- Better teacher student bonding
However, there is always two sides to a coin. The increased level of convenience via social media has brought up the ethical issue of personal privacy between teacher and student, the lack of distinct privacy has led to the following problems.
Use of social media reduces the barrier from teacher to students and parents. They are able to scrutinize much more of a teacher’s private life than before. Teachers should hold a good and professional image but it should not come at the cost of giving up their social life as they need to express themselves freely at times, not able to do so might result to mental breakdown.
This is why teacher should hold multiple online identities for anonymity to express themselves under circumstances. Also, it is important for them to create a professional online profile as they are constantly being judged by students and parents.
It also brings up an issue like cyber-baiting, where students will video down the process of annoying their teachers to frustration and uploading it on social media (eg. Facebook), purely for the sake of fun, leading to cyberbullying in the future.
Drawing the line of professionalism?
Following, will be teachers to draw their line as a professional personnel. Social media exposes student issues such as underage drinking and cyberbullying. The lack of personal privacy between teacher and student has escalated the need for teachers to response to these issues due to the role of an educator. Should a teacher be sued for not responding to such online matters? Or should they step back and take their well-deserved break?
Lastly, with the lowered privacy barrier, teachers have a better understanding for students thinking and character which might impair their judgement to student’s work, thus. Affecting both teacher’s professionalism and student’s study future.
In conclusion, social media for education is a dual-edge sword, they provide better efficiency and convenience. However, they also bring in ethical issue of personal privacy that will lead to many other issues for a teacher and student relation.
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Social media in the classroom part 2
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What ethical issues teachers having social media?
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TED-Glenn Greenwardn Privacy
http://www.ted.com/talks/glenn_greenwald_why_privacy_matters – Accessed on 09112015
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