Full disclosure: I am an over-poster… I post too much on my Facebook account. I probably annoy my friends from high school that I haven’t seen in person for 20 years because they know every time my kids have lost a tooth
or my thoughts on professions mini putt-putt on the French TSN channel (not sure how I even ended up on that channel)
or my thoughts on the Perogy poutine from Coney Island.
My rule for posting on social media is simple: if I wouldn’t post it on my bulletin board outside my classroom on parent teacher interview night then I shouldn’t post it on my social media feeds. (it took me a long time to figure out this rule).
I think social media gets a bad rap in this day and age. So I am going to reflect on the pros and cons that have happened in my personal and professional life due to social media.
So what are some of the positives if any:
- I have been able to keep in touch with friends and family members from near and far, and former teachers and colleagues from over the years. (Funny moment the other day when I was about to say hi to a person at the grocery store but then realized I had never actually been introduced to them IRL I just see them a lot on social media because I am friends with their over-posting parent. )
- I have been introduced to and able to learn new things. For example, putting cheezies in the freezer. ( I even created a blog post about this)
3. Learning Network — I never really got into Twitter until I took #ECI834 last semester. Until that point I thought twitter was basically an app to complain about refs calls against your favourite sports team (hello 13th man). I was wrong…big time wrong! I now see the value of twitter as a learning network. I am connected with fellow educators from around the globe who are inspired and passionate about teaching and the best part…they like to share!!!!! The amount of lessons and ideas I have acquired and incorporated into my lessons and staff meetings in invaluable.
4. I am responsible for my school’s social media feeds (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram). I like that I am able to promote our school and all the wonderful things that are happening in our building by our hardworking staff. I believe this outlet helps set a tone for the school and surrounding community.
5. My last point and I am not quite sure where it should fall under positive or negative is social media revealing peoples true feelings or values. I still remember last year when I saw a comment made on a news story by a person who I knew quite well. The comment that person made was not nice and it went against all my core values and it really bothered me that this person thought that way and I never knew it for all that time.
So is it a good thing or bad thing to know this? Is the ostrich method of burying my head in the sand better or worse?
Now lets look at the negatives when it comes to social media in my personal and professional life:
- Wasting my time! This picture sums it all up:
2. See point #5 from the Pros list above…
3. The pressures of posting the perfect life… I know and realize that every house has dirty dishes and kids throw tantrums over silly things but envy does creep in sometimes when you see vacation photos or picturesque suppers when you are rushing to feed the kids McDonalds before an early swimming class and late hockey practice. I have one friend on social media that keeps it real by posting the ups and downs of parenting and it is refreshing to see (its like seeing behind the curtain in the Wizard of OZ …SPOILER ALERT!)
Thank you to anyone who made it this far in my blog. I am about 4 years away from my first born asking for a (insert relevant social media app for 2025) and this makes me nervous and excited at the same time …ok more nervous, like really nervous, than excited because I can see both sides of the argument. I can only hope that I lead by being a good example and have set a solid foundation in place for him to make the right choices and learn from the inevitable mistakes that come with such unassuming power.