#WhySoSocial is a documentary series that looks at the forever growing trend of social media use amongst young people. In this three-part series, Nat Black-Heaven speaks to people that actively use social media, embrace it and live it to further understand its addictive nature.
Part 2 focuses on the prominence and rise of cyber-bullying and crime using social media and the dangers it can cause… sometimes leading to death! It also gives suggestions on prevention techniques, where and how to find help.
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The education system is flawed… Yes, I said it.
Where has the creativity gone? Did it even exist? Why do we not teach our young people to free think? Why isn’t this even a subject?
We live in a world of systematic judging. Judging that exposes the deep vulnerabilities of children. We have a high rate of depression and anxiety amongst young people in the western world and it’s not helped by the fact that our schools exploit the ‘less abled.’
When I was a child, I publicly got put into the lowest maths set in my year. I was devastated. Not only the fact that I felt like I was stupid and unable to learn but also because my teacher stood up in the front of the class to a bunch of 11 and 12-year-olds and read out my grade and the proceeded to say “Set C.”
I felt humiliated and I wanted to cry.
But who says just because you can memorise what a teacher has told you previously or what study books have told you that this means that you’re not clever enough? Even if this wasn’t explicitly said, this is how many young people are made out to feel… As if they’re not clever enough or good enough.
However, in the real world, it’s not like this. Yes, I wasn’t the best or most clever student but I have become fairly successful in life. Even though I wasn’t given the early tools to succeed.
We have always been told by our teachers and parents that “you need the best grades to go to a good school, then you need the best grades to go to a good college, then you need the best grades to go to a good university and then finally you need the best grades to get a good job.” You don’t! You just need to apply yourself creatively and freely. Of course, education is important, but showing people your worth is just as important. Create something that’s yours. Volunteer. Be active. Start a movement. These are the best ways to succeed.
In this session of Insights & Chill, I speak with people who say education is a systematic way of categorising to find the cream of the crop. But it shouldn’t be that way.
Anxiety within teenagers is a real issue, especially in the western world and more specifically America.
A lot of research has been conducted on this topic and although there are many reasons to why a teenager could become anxious one of the main reasons researchers suggest is due to a repetitive use of social media.
If young people use an extended amount of their time on social media, staring at a screen instead of getting out and experiencing outside life, they’ll learn about conducting themselves and positioning themselves as adults. Right now, the issue is that they are not doing this.
The simple answer to counter all of this is that teenagers need to put down their phones and experience life and it’s elements so that when they are put into difficult and personal building situations, they don’t become anxious.