Dean of Students | Mr Damien Cuddihy

The impact of social media.

On Tuesday night, the College hosted the Year 12 Formal at the Brisbane Convention Centre. It was a pleasure to share the evening with this group of young men and their partners. One of the many rewarding moments in the teaching profession is watching the boys grow into young men over the years. Tuesday night was certainly one of those milestone moments. They almost looked ready to graduate. The Senior Class thanked Mrs Jo Tarlington on the evening but I would also like to thank and acknowledge her tireless efforts in running the event. It was a fantastic evening.

It will come as no surprise that there is continuing concern regarding the use of social media within the education system in Australia. This centres both on appropriate use and the addictive impact that social media use has for some. Many in our world seem digitally distracted a lot of the time. Following is a piece, ‘Three signs your social media addiction is as bad as a drug problem.’ Read more here. Social media use is something that families and schools need to work on in partnership. We make many efforts at school to inform and educate students in appropriate and positive use of social media. There are many opportunities for this that we are happy to have embraced. There are, of course, instances where the use of social media, instant gratification sought, denial of reflection pre-posting and access to myriad apps that require monitoring outside of school hours. Savvy use of social media and how to hide posts is something at which many young people are experts. Anything that needs to be hidden (other than a celebratory surprise) is likely to have some form of harm attached.

With the “bye” round approaching for our co-curricular activities I hope many of our families have the opportunity to enjoy a quieter weekend.