As someone who was raised in the era where cell phones began to become more of an everyday thing, and everyone was getting one, I believe it is important to know proper and safe use of these devices, especially in the times we live in now.
Everywhere I look, people are taking pictures and posting it on social media, and this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but used improperly, it can be. Taking pictures with friends and posting is fine, but there are things that could make it negative. I.E. the picture of friends could have alcohol in the photo, which in the long run could effect that persons future if they are applying for a job.
Throughout school, we were taught how to behave properly in the “real-world” community, and as an educator I think it is important to teach the same ideals in the “cyber-world”. Everyone is so into their phones, that instead of fighting against the current, why not go with the flow and have everyone benefit from it.
It is important to teach students how to have a positive presence in the world and their community, the same goes for technology. These things aren’t necisarnaly part of the written curriculum, but more in the hidden-curriculum. Though its not written as something to teach, it is still important to discus with your students. If we teach our students have a positive presence in the “cyber-world’ rather than them creating a negative one, the students will benefit from it in the long run.
However important being with current times are, I still believe it is important to put down the technology and be there in the moment, and appreciate everything around you in the “real-world”.