#Social Media #Risky

The Pros and Cons of Social Media in Schools

Social media apps, from left to right: Google+, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, and Facebook.

Social media apps, from left to right: Google+, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, and Facebook.

Ryan McFarlin

Social media, like Facebook and Snapchat, are integral parts of the lives of students across America. They use social media to talk to friends and family through the use of posting pictures and videos and sending instant messages. Those are good things, but they come with some serious risks. The information in your posts and comments can be read by anyone, which means an insulting comment or an inappropriate picture can be seen by anyone. This includes employers, and this gives them an idea of what kind of a person you are and makes them much less likely to hire you. These forms of media also have games, which sometimes ask for personal information. This information is available for criminals to find, which can lead to you being robbed or impersonated. Not everything about these medias are bad, however. Students can turn in their homework through Google Classroom and they can collaborate with other students on projects and assignments. It evens allows them a means to communicate with colleges and possibly get into a good school. Social media can be good or bad, but it really just depends on how it’s used and who you meet.