By Heather Kilby
Yes I said it. Social Networks truly do save lives. Many people ridicule social media as drama-ridden and wasteful of time. Certainly it has proven to be a bit of both, but I want to play the devil’s advocate here. Has anyone ever considered the convenience and public nature social media possesses as a positive thing?
Think about the lives it has possibly saved by children threatening to harm other students at school the next day by taking part in the bullying epidemic or even school shootings. Think about the way social media allows society to stay in immediate communication with breaking news and with their long-distance family and friends.
Social media has saved suicide attempts from happening and can help keep people updated in emergency disaster-type situations with a constant breaking news feed readily available 24/7.
Think about this recent 6-minute shameful video of an 11-year-old boy being beaten by his mother and grandmother with a belt over 60 times because of a video he posted on Facebook promoting how “gangster” he is. They were seeking punishment and apparently wanted to teach him a lesson. Ironically those same abusive women posted their cruel video on Facebook directly following, the same social network that he was being beaten about.
Now I know this does not seem to be a positive scenario, but look at the bigger picture. Yes this boy will be ashamed and it is unknown at this time whether his household status will change and CPS could possibly decide his fate at this point, but this could have been the best thing for this child. He could possibly be taken out of this situation and put into a life of better treatment, love, and role-models. He could have needed this type of publicity of that abuse, because something tells me that this was not the first time he had encountered this type of abuse.
The way people react when they witness the things they see on social media enables word to travel quickly and this could well in fact have been a blessing in disguise.
Now I know there are many other factors at hand with this case, but in a shortened perspective here, I feel this social media mayhem may have changed his life forever, for the better. If social media did not exist, he would most likely continue to live a life of abuse and shame.
What are your thoughts on the greater good social networks can bring to society? Do you think that social media saved this boys’ life? Why or why not?