It is becoming a problem and a major distraction in high schools across the country. I’m talking about the risks of social media and the bad behavior presented by various TikTok challenges.
In September, New Britain High School and other schools across the country were inundated with waves of vandalism motivated by TikTok’s Devious Licks Challenge.
The Hartford Courant reports that a group of students from New Britain High came up with an idea on educating teenagers on how to manage social media risks. The students invited CT Senator Richard Blumenthal to the forum with State Attorney General William Tong.
The students expressed their concerns to the senator while suggesting that even young children should educate themselves about the dangers of Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, etc.
I even know adults in my circle of friends addicted to social media, including Facebook and TikTok. The only difference is, my friends aren’t going to pull the paper towel racks off the wall or plug up a sink and flood a school bathroom.
The ten students who came up with the idea volunteered to launch it as an extracurricular activity. Assistant Superintendent Mike Foran responded: “Find a group of students, find a counselor – there is money for after-school programs, as you know. So that’s something you can do tomorrow, next week. “
While the students and the assistant superintendent have the right intention, I think students who could benefit from a course on social media risks would have absolutely no interest in this type of course. Remember, it is the students who participate in these ridiculous activities.
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