Social Media by Students
Social media are online technology platforms that help to connect people together far and near. It is used to build relationship among people. The use of social media by students helps to have access to basic information as quick as possible.
In school, the use of online platforms such as school website will give students the right access to quality information about the school environment, departments, faculties, rules, and regulations. It has been observed that social media has a wider and faster means of circulating information not only to the students of an institution but also to the generality of the public.
Students must use all available online platforms effectively and they must be conscious of social media positive and negative effects. They should try as much as possible to create a balance so as not to get carried away while learning. Social media platforms available to students includes Facebook, Whatsapp, Google Plus, Blogs, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and much more.
So what are the positive effects of Social Media?
- It Facilitate Online Learning
The use of social media has helped the students to learn through various online learning platforms available to them. The use of YouTube to watch educational videos has helped the students to gain wider knowledge.
- Access to Information
There are many groups that students can join through online platforms, that are related to their course of study, demographic, school, environment and much more. Joining this group on Whatsapp, Twitter, Facebook and others will help the students to have access to quality information as at when needed.
- It helps to Gain Wider Knowledge
Social media helps to enhance student academic performance and increase their knowledge through data and information gathering. When students are been given an assignment in school, they go through various online platforms to gather information so as to find solutions to their assignment.
- It helps to build Relationship
Students can get to know each other better through social media networks. It helps to bring together two or more people, where they can share their problem, which it can get solve by their fellow colleagues. If a student’s finds out that he or she is having a problem in a particular course, he or she can open up through chat and finds a genius who can provide a solution to the problem.
What are the negative Effects of Social Media?
- It Waste Time
Many students find it difficult to go about their normal life without making use of social media. It has been observed that student does not listen in class, they are busy chatting and reading stories online. They waste their time chatting with friends and families, instead of reading and practicing what they have learned in school.
- It Causes Distraction
Many students stick to their gadget without concentrating on their study. It is a bad idea to waste away judicious time on social media platforms without gaining anything from it. Students should not be carried away by social media platforms because it will affect their academic performance.
- It causes social problems
Social media has created many social problems in the society. In these modern days, many students tend to choose online communication rather than having real time conversation, and this leads to students becoming an introvert.
- It Causes Health Problems
The use of computers, mobile phones, and various gadgets to access online platforms by students may harm the user if they use it for long hours frequently. Students may be exposed to bad posture, eye strain, physical and mental stress. Too much use of education technology tools for accessing social media by students is harmful and there must be a limit.
All educational stakeholders must ensure they coordinate the use of social media platforms by setting up a policy that can help to regulate the negative effects aspect of social media. Students must also be ready to learn and listen in class, they should not make chatting their priority. Students should pursue an excellent academic performance and gain adequate knowledge that will help them in the future.