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This youtube video gives a very descriptive visualization of the revolution that has taken place in our global society. Technology and social media has taken the world by storm and overhauled the way that civilization communicates. June, Hong and Sung-Min (2011) suggest that social media is an inexpensive, fast and effective way for governments to report information, survey its constituents and communicate; however, it is not without its drawbacks. If misinformation leaks out, it spreads rapidly through the use of social media (p. 126). Kaplan and Haenlein (2010), in Auer’s “The Policy Sciences of Social Media” compare it to an electronic platform from which information is developed and shared with a network of listeners (p. 710). Mediums such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube, Ustream and Skype have made it easy for support groups, teachers, families, policy-makers, stakeholders, administrators and other professionals in the field of ECE to communicate and share information and resources.
I have not yet begun to delve into the many supports through social media that there are to assist families of children who may be exhibiting signs of behavioral disorders and ADHD who, in fact may score high for childhood ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences). Mediums like Facebook allow parents to ask their global community of friends and professionals whether they have experienced being screened for ACES before their child was diagnosed with a behavioral or conduct disorder. Facebook provides a great network for these type conversations; however, these are very sensitive topics for families and one of the disadvantages of social media is that its users lose quite a bit of their anonymity, according to June, Hong & Sung-Min (2011, p. 127).
Mediums such as Twitter are places on which people post opinions and immediate reactionary thoughts to things they see and hear about. Many insightful blogs and tweets populate the internet but Dr. Harold D. Lasswell, in Auer’s “The Policy Sciences of Social Media,” questions the integrity of the comments (2011, p. 721). News journalist and professionals are bound by certain professional oaths to report the truth to the best of their ability. Blogs are purely opinions, sometimes based on experiences, but opinions, nonetheless.
Auer, M. R. (2011). The Policy Sciences of Social Media. Policy Studies Journal, 39(4), 709-736. doi:10.1111/j.1541-0072.2011.00428.x
June, P., Hong, C. & Sung-Min, P. (2011). Social Media’s Impact on Policy Making. SERI Quarterly, 4(4), 125-129.