Social media platforms have undoubtedly revolutionized the way we communicate. They have broken down barriers, allowing us to connect with friends, family, and even strangers around the world. It has bridged the gap between cultures while fostering a sense of global community. But with this great power also comes great responsibility.
Speech No.1: Speech on social media
Respected principal, teachers, and my dear school fellows
Let me start my speech by asking a general question. How many of you are on Instagram?
So many hands are up, then you all must know that the short video clips that are on all platforms are called by different names, so for Instagram they are reels, for YouTube they are shorts, and for Snapchat they are highlights. Isn’t that surprising? To give different names to the same thing is what social media is all about.
As everyone is aware, social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and WhatsApp are becoming more and more significant as a result of their ability to instantly link individuals all over the world.
Let me ask everyone: What are your plans for Sunday? The most common answers from Gen Z are Netflix and Chill. Have you ever realized how social media platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc. came to replace TVs? It now consists of multiple entertainment movies and a new buzzword web series. This is how we can get to know the presence of social media in today’s world.
So why do we use social media? Of course, there are some benefits to it. There are several benefits to social media when considering its positive effects. Social media has several benefits, one of which is that it is a wealth of knowledge and aids in education. Children, for instance, use social media to find knowledge on the desired subject. The way we engage and communicate with one another has surely altered as a result of social media. People have become closer and are able to connect with one another in ways that were before impossible. It is currently one of the most widely used forms of communication and is rising in popularity quickly. You may communicate ideas, content, information, news, etc. more quickly thanks to social media.
It is an excellent educational tool. It has enabled live instruction. By just sitting in front of a screen in our country, we can listen to a lecture taking place somewhere else in the world. You all must remember the time of COVID-19. When everything around us was shut down and we were left with nothing but to be at home, it was social media that made it possible to take classes from home. We see the development of a new normal. Even now, we can enroll in foreign universities and study at prestigious institutions just by sitting at home.
Not bad, right?
Social networking is a great way to keep informed about the world around us. Information is readily available without us having to wait for a newspaper. Numerous news-related applications are available that can immediately inform us of any significant events taking place nearby.
But social media is a contentious issue nowadays; while some people see it as a blessing, most people see it as a curse. Nowadays, using social networking sites is trendy. For some people, if you do not have a digital presence, you do not even exist. The pressure to be active on social networking sites and maintain an impressive profile is growing and it has a significant impact on young people.
Given that they must allocate time for studying, exercising, and other healthy activities like reading, this is a very high number. There isn’t much time left over for other activities, which leads to major problems like short attention spans, poor concentration, anxiety, and complex problems. We now have more online friends, but we also miss our everyday face-to-face interactions. Other risks include sex offenders, strangers getting access to personal information, etc. The spread of fake news at a fast pace is also one of the negative consequences of this media. Even the majority of people think that social media has drastically changed and ruined modern human interactions.
Others view it as a blessing because it allows us to interact with people everywhere; we may meet distant relatives, raise awareness, send security alerts, etc. Social media is capable of a lot. But there is no denying that social media has sped up and greatly improved the comfort and simplicity of our lives.
In conclusion, there are benefits and drawbacks to social networking. However, in the end, it’s up to the customer. In particular, young people must find a balance between their use of social media, physical activity, and academic performance. Social networking is just as deadly as anything else when used properly.
Ladies and gentlemen, friends,
Today, I want to talk about social media, which has changed the way we communicate and connect with others. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have made it easy for us to stay in touch with friends and family, wherever they are. It’s like having a huge virtual community at our fingertips!
For example, my friend Vishal lives in another country, but we talk and share pictures on social media all the time. It feels like he is here with me even though he is miles away.
But, we need to be careful while using social media. Sometimes, people share things that are not true and this can create problems. It’s like that time someone in our class shared a fake news story, and we all freaked out until our teacher pointed out that it wasn’t real.
Also, spending too much time on social media can sometimes make us feel sad or neglected. You might have seen posts from parties or events where you weren’t invited and it might have hurt your feelings. We must remember that what we see online is only a small part of one’s life, and it is important to be happy with who we are.
It is important to be responsible when sharing things online. Like, Commenting on religious things may trigger communal violence. Every time government banned the internet to stop the communal tension because of fake and misleading news on social media through the petrol fire. We should always treat others with kindness and respect, both online and offline.
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But social media can be a force for good too! Remember that charity fundraiser we saw on Instagram? This helped raise funds to build a school for needy children. Social media can spread positive messages and support the issues we care about.
So, let’s use social media wisely and be kind to others. When we see something strange or are not sure whether it is true or not, let’s ask our parents or teachers for help. And remember, it’s not about how many followers or likes we have – what’s most important is how we treat each other and make a positive impact on the world.
Thanks for listening, and let’s make social media a place of joy, learning, and friendship!
Add In Your Speech
Movement on Social Media
You can quote any social media movement as per your audience.
Negative Activity on Social Media
- Cyberbullying: Where people use hurtful words, threats, or humiliation to target others.
- Spread of misinformation: False information, rumors, and fake news
- Online harassment and trolling
- Privacy concerns
- Addiction and mental health issues:
- Online scams and fraud
- Decreased attention span
- Social isolation
Positive Story of Social Media
Jashika Khan and Mohammed Ajazuddin from Kolkata, India, were filmed doing somersaults and jumps on their way to school one morning. He had no idea that this video would make him a viral sensation in 2019.
The video was posted by his teacher on TikTok, Facebook, and Twitter. As a result, it was eventually retweeted by Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci.
The attention from Twitter and Nadia resulted in the two teenagers receiving free gymnastics training, with meals paid for by the Sports Authority of India. With this excellent training, we may just see these two in the Olympics again someday!
Popularly known as Miracle Man in Manipur, IAS officer Armstrong Pame’s first claim to fame was when he got a 100 km stretch of road constructed in the state in 2012, and this, without any help from the government. Armstrong began gathering support through social media and received Rs 40 lakh in contributions.
Social Media, especially TikTok, and now Instagram Reels, is known to have created unexpected stars every now and then.
Is there any need to tell about the ‘Kacha Badam’ song? Obviously, a big no. The Kacha Badam peanut seller Bhuban Badyakar is now a celebrity. Many people and celebs have been dancing and making reels to Kacha Badam’s song. Locals would whip out their camera phones and record his daily performance comprised of Badyakar stitching together words on the uses of peanuts, how to cook and eat them, and so on, all humming to a simple melody. One such video went viral earlier this year in January and was followed by digital creators remixing the song on Instagram reels (they even added a dancing flourish to the tune). To Badyakar’s earnest surprise, “Kacha Badam” soon took the Internet by storm.
It is a shame that even in 2020, many women in rural (and urban) India are only expected to fulfill the duties of a wife, mother, cook, and cleaner. Project GOAL by the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) seeks to challenge such conventions. In its pilot project, DEF selected a handful of women from a tribal village in Madhya Pradesh, introduced them to the internet and social media, and connected each with an urban female entrepreneur.
The weekly mentorship calls aim to help build connections that broaden the perspectives of both rural and urban women by learning about the challenges and aspirations of their counterparts. This year, Facebook has partnered with DEF to launch this unique mentorship project in a big way – and I hope to join as a mentor someday!