I actually didn’t mind reading the articles on Digital Activism. I was able to relate what I was reading to what my capstone class is about the whole time. I am currently taking Social Media and Democracy class as a capstone and I never thought that I would be able to relate that class to any other class, little did I know we would have a whole week dedicated to social media and activism! I think that social media is a great way to get active on a movement especially in today’s world where we have so much access to all kinds of social media platforms. Another thing why I think that social media is great is because living in such small towns it can sometimes be hard to get involved with a social movement, and social media allows people to get connected and involved throughout the nation.
While I was looking at the teen nominees I saw that almost all of them were using social media to help suicidal thoughts and help students in need. I chose to read more into the Buddy Project by Gaby Frost. What she basically did was get a twitter account and through her account she created this Buddy Project program that partnered up two people that were having suicidal thoughts or simply need someone to talk to. She also tweets, shares pictures and other motivational and inspirational things on her page. She now has a YouTube account as well and hopes that it will expand on to other social media platforms.
I think that if a person really sets their mind to it activisms can be very effective. In order to get there though a person should start off by taking baby steps and really follow their goals in order to make a change. I have never participated as an activist, I kind of just avoid all of that kind of stuff. I do however, like pages on Facebook or different images, but I don’t share anything or really contribute to making a change or starting a movement.
I think that as educators some issues we should consider is making sure that we emphasize the importance of social media and how it can be used in a positive manner. We want to make sure that we influence kids to use social media positively and for good causes and not to promote misbehavior and bully other kids on social media platforms. There are so many things that people can advocate through social media that can help towards a good cause. I found the module interesting because I could really relate to it and I also found the teen nominees interesting as well. I think they are a prime example of how to use social media in a positive way and encourage other children to do the same.