In February 2007, a student and parent-focused workshop titled “Facebook 101” was introduced at the Halton District School Board’s inaugural Parent Involvement evening. These were the early days as Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat didn’t yet exist.
Eleven years later, the new “Digital Intelligence” series of social media workshops and presentations educates from the perspective that many of us are connected 24/7 across a variety of social apps and platforms. And that the old way of teaching students and others from the view of risk and fear is simply that; old – and redundant – and done.
Rather, we applaud and support students’ (and others) natural technology skills by illustrating, in detail and through hands-on examples and stories, the significant upside to telling their story responsibly and with character, integrity and honesty. Ironically, when gratitude, purpose and clarity to intention are introduced and taught, incidents of inappropriate behaviour, and stress and anxiety tend to diminish. Instead, personal wellness and well-being thrive.
To us, it’s not about any specific Social Media platform. Social Media apps, unto themselves, do not create inappropriateness, loss of reputation or personal and professional embarrassment. They’re simply vehicles of choice used to express ourselves.
Instead, it’s about creating intentional, well-considered and respectful content with the goal of building relationships and reputation that endure in richness, depth and mutual enjoyment.
Welcome, to “Digital Intelligence.”
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