Teachers, students and community members are shaping the way social media plays a role in the lives of young people by dubbing February ‘Post Positive Month.’
The idea started on an email chain with several local principals who were working together to solve issues present that afflict most districts. When the topic of social media bullying came up, Brent Eaton the Assistant Principal for Wheelersburg Middle School, suggested that the schools come together and create a hashtag focusing on positive posting and thus, post positive month began.
If you’re not familiar with hashtags, it’s a way to search for posts containing a key phrase using the pound sign and words, like #postpositivemonth, if you’re on a social media site and you search or click on a hashtag, you can see all the posts that use the tag.
Principals like Tate Skinner, Minford’s Assistant Principal, use social media every day to keep parents and students informed about happenings at the school. Skinner created a Facebook page ‘Tate Skinner – MHS Asst. Principal” for that exact reason, recently, Skinner has posted videos and other posts surrounding #postpositive encouraging the community to participate. Many of the other schools are doing the same.
While social media sites can be used to spread awareness, connect with friends and share with others, they also have a dark side. Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat allow people to share things instantly with hundreds of other people. Sites can be used to bully students and the hate triggers a chain reaction far beyond the original creator of the post.
‘Social media has drastically changed the world in which we live. Like anything else, we can choose to use it for good. As a rule, we tell the students, “if you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face, don’t post it online.” Sadly, that isn’t always the case. The post positive initiative is a way to unite our county and show our students that they have power to be the change and the good in the world,” explained Amanda Crabtree. Crabtree is an educator at Valley High School. “When I asked my students to write down a quote, they immediately began searching online. They were sharing some of their favorites, laughing at some entertaining ones, and trying to decide their favorite. I also recorded them reciting their quote and the videos are posted on the school web site. In a world full of controversy and division, unity through positive messages is priceless.”
If you would like to participate, all you need to do is login to your social media site of choice, share your positive story and use the hashtag #postpositive. You can also use the hashtag in the site search engine to find posts shared by students, educators and other community members.
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