It is conflicting for me. I see the influence, and hear the buzzword “empower,” but what does this empowerment allow them to do as adults? What does being concerned with other peoples opinions do to help aid personal growth? Then again, some kids need all they can get in terms of image boosters.
I think learning this kind of tech is a good thing, overall. BUT, it should be taught early on to be a thing of productivity, and not of social measure. What can students do that would benefit others (and subtly themselves)? How can the student use these tools as creative outlets, without letting the fact that they have no likes or followers be an issue? The case of the girl with the Hunger Games addiction, that was a mixed bag. On the one hand she was really passionate and it drove her to reach out. On the other hand, she was all about her followers and her status in her communities. Not so good.
“Biggest transformation we have had in terms of communicating with consumers.” Is all this about money? I felt an undercurrent with all the talk about companies tapping into the revenue well that is social media. Are the kids intelligent enough to know that their interactions with the screen are sometimes all for profit? Do they care? Probably not.
There needs to be a balance to a kids life. Although we did not get the other sides of the story, one can assume being online is a bulk of their time out of the day. There are some good stories about kids making a living for themselves and their families with their ability to hustle the web, something that was never possible in the past (the web hustle that is). But they are kids, and don’t fully know what they’re doing or who they’re influencing. It’s a weird road.
I agree with some of this, but most of it I see as a degeneration of society. Maybe I’m just old school. But with all things, learning to use something opens a lot of doors, and I think there is a lot of untapped potential out there, just sitting in our classrooms. EDUCATION!!