The Year 4 learners of the Salesian Learn to Live, School of Skills will graduate in a few months. The Rotary Club of Waterfront helped Learn to Live, School of Skills teach its learners about the benefits and drawbacks of social media in order to make sure that learners are ready for the workforce and to be engaged citizens in the digital age.
“In today’s digital age, social media has become an integral part of our lives, especially for the younger generation,” explains Bernadette Duddy, CEO of Reality Learning SA. To successfully traverse the digital world, they need to comprehend it and develop the necessary abilities. For their personal growth, social relationships, and general well-being, it is crucial to inform children of the benefits and drawbacks of using these platforms.
On Friday, October 13, 2023, the YES I CAN – Social Media and Me module began. It addressed topics such as (i) values and how technology affects them; (ii) who are your friends on social media; and (iii) the perils of sexting in relationships.
The aim for these Year 4 learners is to make sure they acquire crucial abilities and emotional acuity like:
- Self Awareness: Youth become more self-conscious when they are aware of the possible effects of social media on their self-esteem and mental health. They are aware of how their interactions online impact their moods and general well-being.
- Social Skills: Youth can improve their social skills, which are applicable to both virtual and real-world encounters, by learning appropriate online behaviour. They develop stronger interpersonal ties and more effective communication skills.
- Resilience: Youth can develop resilience by becoming aware of the possible drawbacks of social media, such as online criticism or rejection. They can improve their ability to overcome obstacles and setbacks.
- Communication Skills: Youth’s communication abilities are improved by teaching them how to evaluate online content and engage in critical thought. They get the ability to communicate confidently and clearly whether they do so online or in person.
- Relationship Building: Relationships can become stronger and more meaningful by encouraging students to balance their online and offline activities. This harmony promotes social bonds, emotional support, and a sense of community.