Social networks have opened a new paradigm in the educational model, since there has been much debate about whether it is convenient to include it in the classroom and train students, or if instead we should go a more protective and restrictive model and teach only those students to prevent abuses and other types of actions of dubious morality, but which could occur through social media.
I think that we should train students to use Social Networks as a tool more than what they have in class, but never as a substitute.
Analyzing Social Networks most used by students would be Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, but there is a clear difference between Facebook, social network most used and popular among students, and the rest of social networks.
It is evident that the use of Technologies (ICT), especially smartphones and digital tablets opens up a world full of possibilities through the Internet. Our children were born in the age of digital technologies, they are part of their daily lives, their way of relating and communicating, obtaining information, they are part of their free time and leisure, etc. But are you aware of the risks and dangers that can be found in this digital world? Are children and young people ready to know how to act and how to defend themselves against such threats?
Advantages of using social networks in the classroom 8
1.- Facilitate the interaction between students 5
Social networks can increase collaboration between different classmates, since it is very easy to establish communication and dialogue channels that allow us to work on a collaborative project.
This interaction can also be made between the students and their teachers.
2.- It facilitates the search for information
Most blogs and web pages that publish valuable content are disseminated in Social Networks, that is why in this medium we can find information of the highest value that helps us in the preparation or preparation of class work.
It will also help us to continuous learning, since we can follow professionals who publish content every week and help us to delve into a specific topic.
3.- Facilitates the sharing of resources and contents
Any social media is a fantastic vehicle for any student to disseminate resources or content in it. This makes these resources generate a collaborative library that many students can use and learn from it.
It is true that today there is a lot of infoxication of information on the Internet, so it is very important that you learn to select only those contents that are most interesting or have the most value for your teaching process.
4.- Generation of debates and activities to deepen on a theme
Before the emergence of social networks, discussions on the Internet were forums, but since its arrival is the best tool for discussion, and there are social networks such as Twitter that we can follow discussions analyzing the hashtag of the debate created, and thus allowing that any person can comment and talk about that issue just using that hashtag.
Within the networks there is the possibility of creating a group, as is the case of Facebook, or community as is the case of Google+, in which students and teachers can interact and discuss any topic.
5.- It allows communication with professionals of any subject
Through the Networks, students can communicate with professors from their own educational institution or other institutions, all within a matter of a few seconds.
Even a student can contact other students from other countries who study their same career or study, and share impressions and experiences.
6.- Streamlines the learning process
Each time the professors include more the Networks as a tool that favors learning, and that is something very positive, because it will favor our teaching process.
Students can learn from the contents published on blogs by professionals or professors specialized in that sector.
7.- Encourage and encourage research
Having access to great information contents elaborated by professors and professionals from all over the world, this logically encourages research and that we can deepen on a very specific topic.
Having a Blog will be something very positive to be able to carry out research tasks with the students on a specific topic and then publish it in the logs.
Disadvantages of using social networks in the classroom
1.- Deprotection of the students
Students are exposed to a series of hazards if adequate precautions are not taken to avoid cases such as:
- Grooming They are actions aimed at winning the friendship of a minor by an adult for the purpose of sexual abuse.
- Cyberbullying or ‘cyberbullying’. Cyberbullying is peer psychological harassment through the Internet, mobile telephony or online video games.
The instantaneity of communication in Social Networks can generate in the student a need for immediate response, and this is something that should be avoided. A similar example could be the whatsapp, that when we receive a message we do not have to necessarily answer at that moment.
It is important that students are trained in using Social Networks as a tool for further training.
3.- Distraction due to excessive use
Any abusive use can harm our normal life, rest and consequently will also negatively influence our academic performance.
This part of conciliation to the students is the most difficult part because nowadays it is a question of normalizing situations that are not, with the aim of “ironing out” the subject and it seems normal to always be connected to the Internet.
4.- Reduction of human relationships
Social media should not reduce the communication and interaction that students have in class, although logically if the student makes excessive use and spends too many hours, this will logically affect the human relationships you have with other people in your environment.
We must always avoid it by making rational and rationed use of Social Networks.
5.- Addiction to Social Networks
Ask yourself something, how many hours do you spend connected to social networks?
Up to date anyone can receive hundreds of notifications in social networks because most likely you will have installed the different apps on your Smartphone, and this makes you fall into the error of always staying connected to them.
The addiction to Social Networks is a problem that we should know to detect in our students, and perhaps it can help you for example to tell them to anonymously complete a survey, marking one of these options that refer to the number of daily hours dedicated to it:
- 0-2 hours / day.
- 2-4 hours / day.
- 4-6 hours / day.
- 6-8 hours / day.
- +8 hours / day.
With the results you will be able to detect if you have cases of addiction and thus be able to take awareness and training actions on that subject, so that the students are not longer than necessary.
6.- Lack of consensus on legal aspects in Social Networks
If we analyze the jurisprudence of the different countries of our environment we see that they do not agree and there are great differences in the legal aspects depending on the country that we are.
Today we see many cases in which a social network refuses to deliver the data of one of its users, even if the request of a judge comes.
In other aspects, and little by little we must also say it, progress is made in some legal aspects that seek to avoid certain behaviors in networks such as insults or all kinds of harassment, and we see sentences that recognize the damage caused to a person through of this medium.
7.- Publish personal information that can be used against us
We have to be careful with what we publish in Social Networks because what we have will be in a public domain, and therefore other people who have access to that information could use it for criminal purposes.
A very common example and always the police agencies try to prevent people is not to announce when you’re on vacation, or dates or anything, because today there are cyber thieves trying to access sensitive information that provides the be able to commit a crime with less risk.