Technology and social media can influence many world issues around the world. The responsibility as teachers becomes very important in the aspect because we have to be able to encourage students to share and collaborate on the issue, while also maintaining a professional environment. Approaching world issues in the classroom can be a touchy subject because of all the different values surrounding the school community but I think it is still important to touch the subject even if it is the basics so the students can become familiar with the issue. As a teacher it is our responsibility to model an active citizenship for our students, so that they can go out into society and be active citizens as well. With educated our students it allows them to grow and become more curious in world issues, which allows them to further develop an understanding of issues in society.
Modeling anti-oppressive and active citizenship in digital spaces can have many benefits. Using social media to take action allows us to educate people outside of our school communities about social justice and allows us as teachers to build a firmer understanding of the social justice issues. It is also important to remember to educate ourselves before posting anything to social media to make sure that our facts are correct and using reliable sources. With reading about what we are posting before hand makes us more informed about the topic we are posting about and why we might be posting about it. it is also important to take time for yourself to reflect on your own values and beliefs, so that we can really grasp the knowledge we are learning about.
There is always fear in posting about certain social justice issues on social media because I never want to be inaccurate or misinterpreted. As a person who comes from a place of privilege, I know that for people to hear me and my thoughts I must use this privilege to fight against injustices. However, there is always fear I will say or do the wrong thing. Fighting social justice on social media platforms is different everyday to, reading articles to petitions and watching YouTube videos of people mainly celebrities expressing their concerns. For the most part I take part on social media by sharing videos of other talking about issues because I feel as if videos can portray so much more and really show the emotion of the people who are fighting for what is right. With this I continue to educate myself on social justice issues and become more comfortable and open to take criticism and other opinions. Responding to posts towards injustices is important because it shows what ever it is matters to our communities. This video that as been going around social media shows that white privilege is in the world and that it can affect anyone including celebrities and that something needs to be done about it.
When talking about social justice in the classroom I think its important to let the students know that it is okay to stay silent if they are uncomfortable but at the same time the need to know if they want to see a change they must break from that silence and use their voices and say what matters. The importance of speaking up is very important because if no one were to every speak up there would be no reason to question the terrible things we see in this world. Using words allows the stories and voices of the people to be heard and so that action can be made, but when we remain silent it only hurts our world more because it sends the message that social justice does not matter and will continue to be ignored. As shown in the video above of Twitch and Alisson testing their privilege, it is not only important for those who know they have many followers to show action but also for the lower classes to show that they care and are willing to fight for what is right even if they do not have any followers, one voice can change a lot. With all this being said as teachers it is very important for us to educate the youth on society’s social justice issues and become familiar with it ourselves as well so that we are able to make a change for our lives and our students lives.