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Why Social Media is dangerous … and amazing

Schools Fight Facebook FilthWe’re living in the age of the Invisible Revolution … and revolutions aren’t always nice.

This particular revolution has given power to anyone articulate enough to gather like-minded people behind them. Included in that is people with an axe to grind, or just out to break the rules.

That’s the case with many schools “OMG Confessions” pages, which are popping up around Facebook.

Recently the NZ Herald interviewed me about this “Facebook filth”, a challenging issue for teachers and parents alike – not to mention the students.

To me, it’s another rallying cry for parents to get more active in social media, to understand the world that their teens live in. We can only combat something like this from a point of knowledge, not of ignorance.®

Check out the full story, and I’d love to know what you think.

Also, should Facebook take more responsibility for this? Check out the discussion on syENGAGE”s Facebook page.

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2 comments for “Why Social Media is dangerous … and amazing

  1. July 27, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Yeah I think the key thing is not to fall into the trap of blaming the schools or the teachers themselves. I wouldn’t know but I bet that’s a knee-jerk reaction for some parents – even those that have given their child a smart phone with access to Facebook!

    Schools can help to reduce the problem by monitoring and controlling Facebook activity on school computers but I bet 99% of the time these kids are accessing these pages at home or on mobile.

  2. Simon
    July 28, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    It all points back to the rather uncomfortable reality that everything has changed, and everybody – especially parents – need to be more diligent.

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