Danah Boyd presents at "Meeting of the Minds: Youth, Social Media and Education"
VIDEO: What is really going on with youth and social media? Are there benefits—educational and life-long—to young people’s use of social media? Find out in this discussion featuring danah boyd, social media researcher and guru, and a panel of experts, as they discuss how social media, technology, and education interact and enhance learning both in and out of the classroom. Reactor panel:
Tweens and teens use social networking to connect. They create, collaborate, and converse using this technology. Why? Because it’s easy and fun and provides opportunities to take part in activities that might not otherwise be possible.
In many ways web-based social networking isn’t that much different than what tweens and teens have always participated in. For example imagine:
These are just two ways that web-based social networking expands the ways in which tweens and teens get to create, collaborate, and converse.
Of course Tweens and teens need to learn how to use social networking tools safely. With that information in hand they then get to take part in activities they love in ways that are fun and exciting.
You can read more about social networking and youth at SafeKids.com and SafeTeens.com – Each of these sites provides information on how and why tweens and teens use social networking and how to keep help them safe when in the social networking world.