GO VIRAL Goes to Stimson

Go Viral intends to motivate students to act responsibly within the social media world. thumbnail135882
Go Viral intends to motivate students to act responsibly within the social media world.
A few students volunteered to share what they do to connect with others.  thumbnail135883
A few students volunteered to share what they do to connect with others.
Face-to-face encounters allow us to feel more connected with one another and it’s important to be mindful of how much time we spend on our devices.  thumbnail135884
Face-to-face encounters allow us to feel more connected with one another and it’s important to be mindful of how much time we spend on our devices.

Students at Stimson Middle School participated in the special assembly Go Viral last week presented by Camfel Productions. The presentation utilized a three-screen display that immersed our 7th and 8th graders in an engaging experience using popular music, film clips, and challenging content to spark discussion and motivate healthy change. Cell phones and social media have altered how we communicate in some amazing ways and these tools are incredibly useful for navigating through life today. However, too many students are abusing these technologies. Social media is filled with misleading information and it can become a platform where students post images seeking affirmation via hearts, likes and views rather than making meaningful connections in real life. Some even use social media as a way to bully and criticize others to build themselves up.

The presentation is a new 40 minute-multi media experience designed to challenge students to make real connections. Students in the presentation shared their stories of how they stay connected to others without relying on their cellphones. The assembly reiterated the importance of making connections by being involved in community and club projects, or simply by sitting and talking with someone who sits alone at lunch or seems to be having a difficult time. Rather than using these devices as a tool to bring others down, Go Viral encouraged students to take time away from their phones in order to give themselves a break from the negativity that can take over their social media feeds.

It’s important to exhibit positivity both on and offline because we are more effected by the actions and words of others than we may think. By being involved in the community, it allows for us to stay connected with one another. The presentation makes suggestions on how to avoid becoming disconnected by taking the time to be away from our phones and social media devices. They also encourage being responsible with technology, mindful of what’s being posted, and being positive and not hateful while online. By working together and helping each other, it provides the opportunity to make a positive impact.