Educators are in urgent to prepare students to be ready for workplace of the 21st century. Computer-mediated communication is considered as an effective tool, educators need to prepare students for their future workplace. It began with naïve assumption that it would be able to promote collaborative learning and working with their peers. Many learning management systems have been introduced in order to support this thought.
As we may know that Facebook claims that they have more than 800 million active users and it becomes one of kids’ lifestyles. Schoology.com, one of well-recognized learning management systems tries to replicate the success of Facebook by using the similar interface design of this famous social networking website. This would help both parties: teachers and students feel easier to embrace digital learning platforms.
Nevertheless, those computer-mediated communication or virtual world also has a dark side. Some researchers pointed out that Facebook users reported having lower GPAs and spend fewer hours per week studying than nonuser (Kirscher, P.A.; Karpinski, A.C., 2010). While this topic is in heated discussion between researchers, we could not deny about another pitfall of this virtual world, online bullying.
More than 160,000 students kids a day miss schools because they are too afraid to go. ABC News reported a scoop about bullying among kids, including face-to-face bullying inside the schools, outside the schools and also kids’ virtual worlds.
As same as other contexts, bullying from offline life is rapidly imported into digital platform. The area that parents and educators know too little. Computer-mediated communication (CMC) does require deep understanding in order to conduct rules and regulations for students’ interpersonal interactions.
A question has been raised “Who shall be responsible for online bullying: principles, teachers, educational technologists, or parents?” As Baym mentioned the computer medium is far more complex and diverse than first imagined (2006). I am not convinced that educators and parents are knowledgeable enough to work on this issue. We might need to call those influencers in Silicon Valley to work together.