Social media has changed the way we live our lives. From the way we get our news to the way we interact with our loved ones. Social media is everywhere. It’s unavoidable, it’s powerful, and it’s here to stay. Take a look at a few social media statistics:
- Social media statistics from 2019 show that there are 3.5 billion social media users worldwide, and this number is only growing. That equates to about 45% of the current population
- 90.4% Millenials, 77.5% of Generation X, and 48.2% of Baby Boomers are active social media users
- With over 2.32 billion active monthly users, Facebook remains the most widely used social media platform.
- Roughly two-thirds of U.S. adults (68%) now report that they are Facebook users
- Individuals spend an average of 3 hours per day on social networks and messaging
A huge part of being a responsible digital citizen and having proper netiquette is learning how to manage social media. Here are some good tips for students on social media:
1. Align your images with your goals: online comments and images leave a permanent record. Be sure your images are in line with who you want to be and what you want to achieve.
2. Words matter: Don't make an online comment you wouldn't make in real life. Choose your words carefully.
3. Pause before you post: Take a deep breath. Are the words or images you're posting kind, helpful, or necessary?
4. Protect yourself and others: Keep your account private. Report cyberbullying. Don't believe everything you read and be cautious when interacting with others.
LET'S TALK CYBERBULLYING!!
What is cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices such as cell phones, computers, and tablets. It can happen via text messages, on social media or online gaming, or any app that other people can view and share. Cyberbullying can have a huge impact on how you feel about yourself. Poor mental health can lead to a number of problems. Cyberbullying is real and its effects are serious. All states have laws requiring schools to respond to bullying. As cyberbullying has become more common with the use of technology, many states now include cyberbullying, or mention cyberbullying offenses, under these laws. Schools may take action as required by law, or with local or school policies that allow them to discipline or take other action. Some states also have provisions to address bullying if it affects school performance. Before posting, ask yourself:
- Would I say this to someone's face?
- Could someone take my message the wrong way?
- How would I feel if someone said this to me?
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The first and most important step when you or a friend faces cyberbullying is to TELL SOMEONE. If you're not comfortable telling a parent or teacher, this website and chatline can help: Stomp Out Bullying
Ditch the Label Bullying Support Hub is full of resources, articles, and help for everyone dealing with the issue of cyberbullying.
Teachers, make sure you have information for cyberbullying chatlines easily accessible for students.
*Kids, go play on BrainPOP and learn about cyberbullying.
*Teachers, watch this video to learn how to further protect your students when using social media: