Each school year I change the avatar profile image for my school G+ account. I like using avatars versus my actual face for my teaching assistant position. My reasoning for this is I work with mostly students who are 13 years or under. I feel when using social media for communication with students and their families it is my responsibility to be a good “Digital Citizen Role Model”. This is why this year I chose to create an Androidify Avatar likeness of myself for my school profile.
Theoretically it isn’t permissible for children 13 years or under to register for a social media account. However I suspect there are many under age children who do it anyway. I also realize the words “Social Media” are often mistaken as limited to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and etc… When in actuality according to the following definition from Merriam-Webster On-line Dictionary social media means so much more!
After reading an official definition I hope you come to realize Social Media may be considered as using almost any form of digital media to communicate on the world wide web. Social media formats also include and are not limited to: YouTube, Blogs, Websites, Google+, Padlet, Flipgrid, and etc… The words “Social Media” is not bad nor should it be considered a negative force. There are ways to use Social Media proactively in both education and business arenas. Due to the direction the world is heading in there may be a need for young people to learn about building and maintaining a positive digital tattoo.