Recently I have been doing some research into how teenagers are using social networking (Facebook and Twitter mainly). I have been focusing specifically on South African youth. The results that I am discovering are shocking and disturbing to me, not just as a teacher, but also as a dad of four young children. I have realised the power of the immediacy of social networking technology and the incredibly vast audience that this ‘machine’ entertains. Social awareness with technology and being safe online has become a focus for me and I intend to begin to educate my students about this.
At the moment I am still researching and gathering information. Anyone wishing to contribute links for me to check out is welcome. Please reply below. In the meantime, watch this interesting video on some statistics with a uniquely South African perspective.