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Sixth Grade Teacher Teaches The Impact Of Social Media To Students

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Everyone knows the fact that one of the most beautiful flowers, Lotus grows in muddy water. But how many of us get learning out of it? Recently, a sixth grade science and mathematics teacher, Melissa Bour jumped into a same situation and taught her young students by leveraging same social media platform in student’s style. She taught them how a single social media update aftermath the series of updates, shares and likes even if it is deleted from user’s account.

Bour came across one serious issue prevailing with young students. Facebook update is a part of our daily life; however, it can bestow a wrong impression on our youngsters as well. Bour used her teaching skills to explain the same. She used a computer paper and wrote a note with green pen. It was a letter addressing Facebook. She wrote:

Dear Facebook,

My 12-year-old students think it is ‘no big deal’ that they are posting pictures of themselves in bras or with their middle finger in the air. Please help me out by sharing this image and commenting with where you live to show these young students how quickly their images can get around.

Within just 8 hours, this letter to Facebook went viral and was shared in 33 states and 4 other countries, including Australia, Saudi Arabia, England, and Germany. Furthermore, it reached more than 50 states and a dozen of countries. This was the first lesson for her students that once you share a single post through Facebook text update or image update, it goes viral across the globe and can even be misused.

After this letter went viral, it was an ideal time for her to teach the 2nd lesson to her students.

Bour deleted her original Facebook update containing that letter; however, it was not deleted from internet. How? Well, copies of this letter kept on circulating on social media and weren’t erased completely. So, again she was successful in communicating her message to young students that once you update anything on social media, it never gets erased. It can be deleted from your timeline/account but it might be circulating on social media through others.

Bour’s students are with the opinion that the lesson explained by her teacher will haunt them for years and they will now be more cautious about their social media updates.

Parents across the globe are also praising Bour for her unique style of teaching. One of the parents, Kalecia Thomas quoted that, “We don’t elaborate enough as parents telling our kids ‘no all the time. What Miss Bour did, it gave them more of an understanding of why we’re saying no to our children.”

Hence, this kind of social media learning is must for students across the globe so that they can understand the difference between right and wrong update.

Click here to learn how a single session on Social media can inspire students.

Video Credit: Today Parent

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    • 3 years ago

      YCM123   /   Reply

      Hi There,
      A great post, really the need of social media is become a daily part of life and it has become more effective for commercial purpose also.

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