by romana klee
When I read the STonline headline, Social media to be included in revamped sexuality education in schools [MOE's press release], I thought, “Great, they are finding an important way to reach them so that they can teach them.”
But headlines can be deceiving.
I discovered that the social media elements are the content and “cyber” kind. That is, it does not look like they will be using social media to engage and sustain conversation. The focus is also on how to “guard against strangers on social media”.
There is nothing wrong with alerting kids about stranger danger. However, judging only from the press report, they are not leveraging on social media as a platform or strategy.
Social media like Facebook or Twitter could be used to solicit views via polls or short responses, share up-to-date resources, and extend conversations to the real world. Social media should not just be used to deliver content or to be content (e.g., stranger danger, cyberstalking).
If you do not take advantage of social media as a platform and strategy, then you might as well use a musty, dog-eared book. If you do not engage them, you will enrage them.