Should Social Media be the New Home Economics and Wood Shop in Schools?

The whole premise of home economics and tool classes is to try and teach students valuable life skills, however times are a changing.  Not every student is going to have to build something for their home or even cook a meal, but every student will have to engage with social media on a personal or profession level, or both.  

Female Cooking

There are many security risks with social media and teens may think they know it all, I thought I did, but adulthood has set me straight on many issues.  Yes, it may be people’s children that are helping them set up their new device, but that still does not mean these children know how to manage the information they encounter and how to protect themselves. This is why I am confused as to why mandatory social media classes have not been implemented in public and private schools.

Computer with Security Images

In the United Kingdom they offer cyber security class to high schoolers in hopes of them being about to use social media in a more secure way.  Canadian adults seem to be rather skeptical of security on social media, according to Ipsos, “[Four in ten (39%) Canadians have either changed their social media behaviour or stopped using some platforms entirely over data privacy concerns]…[it appears that Canadians have the least amount of faith in some of the world’s most-used platforms.]” I think it would be interesting to see how many of these people, who are parents, share this distrust with their children.  I feel most adults engage in this behaviour due to financial risks, something that is not relevant to most children, conversely this will not always be the case.

So why don’t we have social media classes?

There are some school in Canada offering these classes like Sisler High School in Winnipeg, but this is not the norm and not required curriculum.  I think a big issue is trying to come up with a lesson plan that can check all the boxes.  There are many issues associated with social media and younger people; security, privacy, permanency, learning how to use each network effectively are just a few off the top of my head. Even if all the boxes can not be check, I have to ask myself, is some information being taught not better than none? 

Do you feel this is a gap in the education system? If the education system can not fill the gap, fast enough, do you think having extra curricular classes or information via already existing extra curricular activities, like scouts and camps, would be valuable to young people?

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4 thoughts on “Should Social Media be the New Home Economics and Wood Shop in Schools?

  1. Great read! I absolutely think social media should be added to the school curriculum. I had never really thought about it until reading your blog. It’s evolved so fast and has the potential for both positive and negative experiences that students should be well aware of how there actions and posts now could affect them in the future and how they can best protect themselves. Also with networking, online resumes and applications how to properly market oneself would go a long way.

    • Hey,
      Thanks for the feedback. Networking will always be a huge part of success and with so many options out there I don’t think knowing too much is ever a bad thing. If only I could have the problem of knowing too much lol

  2. Great topic. I agree that in an ideal world social media savvy would be taught in schools. From personal observation I’ve seen many teachers integrate social media learning into existing projects and activities but this is done on a more ad hoc basis by individual teachers teachers who are media savvy. I don’t know that it should be a stand alone course. The curriculum in schools is pretty packed and social media is a topic that could/should be integrated within almost any subject area. There is also an additional barrier that needs to be overcome. Many teachers themselves are not social media savvy and would need to be better educated on the topic and how to integrate social media lessons into the curriculum.

  3. It is an interesting blog.Let me reflect on my experience as a parent. I have a daughter that took food technology, and design technology in her GCSE, and she managed to adopt skills in woodwork and cooking. The GCSE in the British Curriculum covers years 9 & 10 Grade.With food technology, she has adopted skills for life even though she did not pursue it in the A levels. However,she pursued design technology into design foundation at a Canadian College, and now she is pursuing interior design. I believe that social media need to be taught in terms of security, protected identity, and communication etiquette, and in business . It could be taken under social studies and ethics.I recall my kids knew how to use Facebook, Instagram and snap chat before I even knew how to open an account. The skills in wood work is becoming scarce, and such craftsmanship is really becoming expensive. If you ask me who I do call frequently to fix my household are the plumber and the carpenter. These are still a much needed skills, and social media can not take over , but it is an equally important skill to learn.

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