Essay Does Social Media Outweigh The Risks It Involves?

1456 Words Oct 26th, 2016 6 Pages
With more than 1.7 billion users on Facebook, 500 million users on Instagram, and 377 million users of Twitter, social media has become prevalent in the lives of many young children (“Global Social Media Ranking 2016 | Statistic”). Considering the advancement of technology in personal lives, society could infer that technology would inevitably make its way into classrooms. With this new implementation comes not only new and exciting opportunities for teachers and students, but also rules and responsibilities regarding ethical use of social networking. But do the benefits of social media outweigh the risks it involves? A look at why social media has shown up in America’s classrooms, how it benefits students and teachers, and the risks that education professionals take in regard to it will help answer this question. A compilation of 27 surveys of American citizens has shown a dramatic increase in the use of social media from 2005 to 2015 among teenagers and young adults (Anatoliy). The prevalence of social media among young adults today is the leading characteristic that influences officials to believe that social media can be easily incorporated into higher education (Rodriguez). In a study conducted by Seaman and Tinti-Kane in 2013, results of data collected from 8000 American education professionals found that 74 percent have active participation on a personal social media profile whereas 55 percent utilize social media in their professional lives (Anatoliy). Many schools…

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