How to use social media for good
Social media is a great way for us to connect with our friends and family, and with the world in general. But social media’s reputation hasn’t been too good Choma.But let’s be honest, it is something we love- we can connect with friends, share ideas and even have a positive effect on the world. Here are my thoughts on how to use social media for good.
There are many problems with the online community at the moment- for instance; we always hear about online bullying, stalking, harassment and even catfishing.
Online harassment is hurtful, threatening behaviour online and we see it often on social media. It can be a public post or a private message, and it is a form of bullying and intimidation.
Having your information on sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can also be a security issue in terms of stalking. Your profile might include personal information such as your email address, phone number, physical address and even location updates. That’s why it’s so important for you to have your privacy settings set to the strictest level, especially if you’re under 18 years old.
Despite these negative things, social media can also be used for good such as to raise funds for charities, organise activism groups and raise awareness for important issues.
Choma, have you heard of citizen journalism? What this means is that people can spread important information online. You can share information on websites, blogs and social media sites.
For example, if you take photos or record a video of a car accident that has happened in your neighbourhood and you share this information on Twitter or Facebook, you can let your community know what is going on.
Social media also gives us the ability to share issues that we think are not being spoken about enough- this means that now more than ever, we have a voice.
Activism online is often called “slacktivism” because many people question how it can make any real life change. But the truth is Choma, that social media has been used to raise a lot of awareness (and money) for specific issues.
For example, the Ice Bucket challenge which went viral online in 2014 and involved people pouring ice water over their heads raised over $115 million for research into a disease called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
Another great way to use social media for good is to organise groups of people, charity/volunteer events or even protests. Movements often use social media to gain support, raise awareness and organise protests.
I also encourage you to make your voice heard on issues that are important to you by visiting my Make a Noise page. Here, you can submit your thoughts on any issue you think should be spoken about.
Social media is what we use it for- we decide whether it has a negative or positive impact. Never forget your power online Choma- you can use it to do some amazing things!
Remember, if you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Message, a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).
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