I honestly felt a deep sense of joy and excitement this Friday morning when I started sharing on the topic of Positive Use of Social Media before more than 200 grade school students at Seed Montessori School in Quezon City.
It has been quite a while since I was able to speak before grade school students (Grades 4 to 8). These kids are dynamic, willing to learn and are all active in social media, since more than 95 percent of the crowd raised their hands when I asked if they have Facebook and/or Twitter accounts.
Looking at their faces, I felt that joy and excitement within me as I see a whole new generation of young people who have the potential to bring positive change in our society.
These kids are excited to learn and are like “sponge”, absorbing the things we discussed for just over an hour at the school’s gym.
Since the “social media age” has made the world a “global village” today, I personally felt the urgency to impart the importance of maximizing social media, not necessarily for “selfie” moments, but more importantly, for purposes of inspiring people through their posts or tweets.
In my observation, people have the tendency to talk about themselves at Facebook and Twitter, posting the latest things they do, the places they visit, the new dress they bought or just specific activity they are engaged to at that point.
While there’s nothing wrong with “broadcasting” what you do on a certain day, I believe that an even more worthwhile endeavor is viewing social media sites as an avenue for us to be able to reconnect with friends, whom we’ve lost contact with since going separate ways after graduation (from high school or college).
By reconnecting with old friends from high school or college, we could actually be an encouragement to these people through the blogs or posts we make on Facebook or Twitter.
We live in a world where people get hurt, get offended, get discouraged and at times, lose hope in life.
But through our tweets or Facebook posts, we can actually inspire our FB friends or Twitter followers to trust God, to never give up even when the challenges seem insurmountable or maybe, we could even share an inspiring story you probably read from another blog site.
We don’t have to be somebody who is “famous” or “influential” in order to make a difference in someone’s life in the social media age, because in reality, your inspiring, encouraging tweets or Facebook posts or short blogs, can possibly be an “answer” to someone today.
As Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV) says, “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”