Digital and social media education is a “life skill” that is imperative to manage as a human being in the world by establishing a set of digital values that align with real world values, too few educators, parents, and even experts can understand the complex hybrid of information to navigate and then educate for one simple reason: they weren’t born in the same generation, they don’t have the experience with technology, nor can they fully understand the mechanics of it, or they don’t like it at all, and have no time for it. The problem is, none of us can afford to leave it at that, the stakes are so high. Children look up to us for information, guidance, even when they pretend not to. And in the area of social media and technology, the majority are apprehensive, uncertain, and some not present at all. Free reign.
The truth is, there requires a moment of honest self-reflection and commitment from parents and educators to guide our digital citizens very carefully and prepare them to be aware, empathetic, compassionate and switched on human beings in an occasionally precarious environment, which can easily lead them to make poor life choices which can later affect their lives or careers.