Facebook Live launched with a few controversies already. Individuals being shot and the coup in Turkey are just a couple of items that popped up on the live streams so far. In an attempt to get more viewers to pay even more attention to Facebook over YouTube or Pericope, Facebook is going to pay some Vine, Twitter, and YouTube stars big money to post on the Facebook Live platform. Here is a link to the Forbes article that provides more details on exact numbers, but there are some content creators that will make hundreds of thousands of dollars to post a handful of videos each month.
Students who hear about this may become even more tempted than they already are to start searching for viewers on social media. While I do not think that being a digital entrepreneur is a bad thing, teachers and parents need to help students realize that deals like these are rare. We also need to have conversations with students about the things they should and should not post on these sites. Without guidance, our young content creators my not realize that some of the material they are posting to get more and more viewers, may not be appropriate. Students need to understand the implications their posts have on their futures. What if this video creation path does not pan out? They will have to work in another area, and those hiring may not find some of the videos students appeared in when they were younger as funny as some of their peers did.
This all comes back to teaching students appropriate digital usage. Teachers and parents need to work to ensure that students understand the possible ramifications that can come from posting certain material. They also need to be aware of the fact that even if they delete any of their post in social media, it is still out there and impossible to get back . Everyone did something they wish they had not done in their youth. Luckily, social media was not there to catch it and store it all. Our students live in a world where their worst possible moments and bone headed ideas will be available in some form or fashion forever. It is the responsibility of the parents and teachers to show them how to be responsible when using these technologies.