How Social Media Help Us

Social media helping families stay connected
When asked about social media helping families stay connected, It means that social networks give an intimate look at our teenager’s life. It lets parents know what their kids are going through, and helps them feel more connected to their child. It isalso suggested the parents to use social media in moderation. That parents have to keep it at the level that’s appropriate and respectful of what the teen wants as well. Something that really surprised in the research was social networking, independent of parent use, was associated with certain negative outcomes for teenagers. They were more relationally aggressive and had higher internalizing behavior. So that social media can help families stay conncted to each other.
An Open Government Maturity Model for social media-based public engagement
Social media has opened up unprecedented new possibilities of engaging the public in government work. In response to the Open Government federal agencies developed their open government plan and launched numerous social media-based public engagement initiatives. However, we find that many of these initiatives do not deliver the intended outcomes due to various organizational, technological, and financial challenges. We propose an Open Government Maturity Model based on our field studies with federal healthcare administration agencies. This model is specifically developed to assess and guide open government initiatives which focus on transparent, interactive, participatory, collaborative public engagement that are largely enabled by emerging technologies such as social media. The Open Government Maturity Model helps government agencies implement their open government initiatives effectively by building organizational and technological capabilities in an orderly manner. We discuss challenges and best practices for each maturity level and conclude by presenting recommendations.

Social workers should use social media to challenge public perceptions

As a student social worker, I was very aware of the risks associated with talking publicly about my job on the internet. I was also aware of other students who had been removed from the course due to comments they had made online. Facebook, blogging and Twitter were to be feared. Of course, dismissal is sometimes necessary when the comments are discriminatory or a breach of service user confidentiality. However, it is important to recognise the potential of social media to do good and to use it to our advantage. The largely negative portrayal of social workers in mainstream media has a palpable effect on the confidence of practitioners. Social workers run the gamut on technology and social media.  Some hate it and some love it.  I love it!  If you are reading this article – you are participating in it.  My personal opinion is that technology is the way of the world and we can embrace and utilize it or be left behind. Social media assists the social worker with connecting with others.  People spend a lot of time on their computers and smart phones.   Social Media helps you market your practice and lets your clients know who you are.  I don’t know how many times someone said to me “Your website was so welcoming” or “the quotes you put on Facebook really help me be more positive.”  It humanizes you and you can share your message with others.

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