IMG_0721“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”~Confucius~

From the perspective of student-voice, relevant storytelling, and real-world examples, we demonstrate what gratitude, character and purpose on Social Media looks like – and link it to student-life, online.

The presentation is delivered from the belief that an inspiring and realistic series of examples cultivates hope, skills and confidence and far outweighs a message grounded in fear, loss and risk, which, for the most part, is unrealistic.

What students post today absolutely does matter tomorrow and will impact them both short and long-term. As well, the pursuit of drama and their Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) often contributes to feelings of stress, anxiety and other issues. The presentation is roughly 55 minutes in length and includes time for student and faculty Q&A.

Learning takeaways; through a series of exercises centred around two questions; What and Why, students evaluate the importance, value and substance of online friends and followers – and the fact that their self-worth is not defined by their Likes.

Because your students’ “Whats and Whys” are self-generated, they learn to think critically that “posting with purpose” is grounded in gratitude, mindfulness and intention. A students’ deep need to be externally validated through their posted content (Likes, Comments, Shares and Favourites) diminishes and instead is replaced by five important criteria: Listen More, Post Less, Stay Relevant, Add Value, Be Respectful.