“Digital devices are cleverly designed to crave our attention and give us psychological or other rewards for being attentive. They tap into human nature by making us feel good in seeking likes, connections, comments, followers and views,” says Eric Alcera, M.D., network medical director for Behavioral Health services for Hackensack Meridian Health and a psychiatrist specialized in child, adolescent and adult care.
We can agree that social media help us connect with each other during lockdown. For teens and many children, their interaction on social media comes with a hidden cost. We may not actualize the impacts until a few year later.
When students return to in-person learning, their life on social media during the lockdown will continue. As current educators, we need to be aware of the new challenges with come with our students addicted to social media. Thinking that we can ignore the problems and allowing our students to self-regulate their addiction would cause a long-lasting impact on our students’ academic, emotional, and social development.
Before COVID-19, students’ addiction to cellphones already causes high failure rates, school fights, and many other discipline problems. As we continue to push the responsibility of classroom teachers to solve this growing problem, we are already observing the widening of the achievement gap. High-risk students are often ignored and left to be on their phones in classes.