MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — It’s no secret that kids are spending a lot of time online these days. In tonight’s What’s Working some local middle school students are going through “Social Media Boot Camp.” The “Boot Camp” is run by Scott Walker. Walker was in the news business for decades, including at a station here in Mobile. He has seen plenty of mistakes that people make online.
Walker put on a workshop for middle school students at Saint Ignatius Catholic School in Mobile. He’s traveling the region helping students navigate the tricky waters of social media.
“Today’s students are the most technologically advanced in the history of the world. They have a lot of on their plate. They have phones They have social media platforms, and in a lot of instances, they are thrown into the deep end of the pool, and they don’t know how to swim.”
Walker wants young people to avoid lapses of judgment often come along with social media.
“Mostly on Twitter, you see so many people implode their careers, their marriages, their lives because of one stupid tweet, one lapse in judgment, and once it’s out there, you can’t pull it back. You can’t delete it. Even if your accounts are private, someone can screen grab it and it’s out there.”
The eighth graders say they gleaned some valuable information.
“Once it’s out there, it’s there. It’s not just your friends who see it. It could be anyone,” Winchester Bolton said.
“Think before you post. It can get you in the future when you are applying for jobs,” Conrad Copeland said.
Now that the students have completed “Boot Camp,” Walker hopes they will think before they text or post something inappropriate.
If you’d like more information on Walkers “Social Media Boot Camp,” you can visit you can visit Scott Walker’s website.