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Social Media and School Crises: Brief Facts and Tips

Social media defined. The U.S. Department of Education (2012) defines social media as “Forms of communication either Internet or text-based that support social interactions of individuals” (p. 5).
Nearly all youth and a majority of adults use social media.

Social media increases communication speed. Historically, it was sometimes possible for educators, parents, and other caregivers to assess a crisis threat or situation patiently over time. However, the speed of information exchanged via social media, both accurate and inaccurate, requires quick thinking and quick responding.

There are potential risks associated with social media use. Social media can contribute to psychological trauma and other challenges. Potential risks include the following.

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