Social media may affect high school students’ education

By Taelor Engle

Opinion Editor

According to the Washington Post, teens spend more than one-third of their day on the internet. Even children between the ages eight and 12 spend nearly six hours a day on the internet. Can social media really have that much effect on students over their school work?

Jan Fredbeck, AP Biology and Anatomy and Physiology teacher, explained her thoughts.
“It’s very helpful if you need a question answered. It can also be used to cheat, but it can be helpful and also be detrimental,” Fredbeck said.

Sometimes students have a hard time just putting the phone down. WCHS has a no phones during class policy, although it’s not always followed like it should be.

“I think that students need to realize that sometimes you don’t need it to learn and turning it off, completely off, during a learning period, is productive,” Fredbeck said.

Homework is important. Instead of doing that homework, which helps the learning process, students just get on their phones instead of doing their work.

Dean of Students Kara Larkin discussed her opinion on social media.

“I think social media can be used for good, appropriate uses, but I do think that, probably, it can be very distracting just because when kids come home, instead of working on homework, they’re very concerned about probably checking Facebook, whatever outlet they’re using. It’s just really, I think, distracting for kids because they want to know what everyone else is doing and it’s just really hard to have that self motivation to do your homework over social media,” Larkin said

A smartphone can be a helpful learning tool but looking at the new post someone posted on Twitter is completely different.

Assistant Principal Brent Holman expressed his thoughts on social media’s effect on learning.

“The frequency of how it is used irresponsibly, from what my experiences are, are more frequent than how it’s used responsibly, so it becomes more distracting,” Holman said.

Some students are able to focus on school work more than social media. Sophomore Nathan Cavaleri elaborated on how he keeps his mind on school work.

“Turn your phone off. For me, I’m just not motivated; then I usually procrastinate then realize, ‘Yeah, you have to get it done’ or like the strategy I use, “No, you have to get this done; this needs to be done by this time.’ Have the discipline in yourself to not be on your phone at all times,” Cavaleri said.

Social media can be a distraction from school work. Figuring out what needs to be done in order for the focus on school work to not be broken requires different strategies to be explored.

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