When Social Media Turn Against You: Pitfalls and Solutions
Abstract: The rapid expansion of social media such as blogs, wikis, Twitter, and virtual worlds has dramatically transformed the teaching and learning process. Through highly accessible networks, students can easily connect with others and project a more empowered presence in the digital world by actively sharing their perspectives and building knowledge together. However, while the instant access to global communities that this tool provides can open new opportunities for education, it is important to note that the same potential may pose a threat to our students’ safety by easily exposing them to cyberbullying, harmful interactions, and other inappropriate internet behaviors. This study is an attempt to accurately assess destructive side effects of the social media technology and investigate with a more balanced outlook how their social, ethical, and legal implications can be resolved.