The introduction of social media has transformed the world into a global village. Many saw it as an opportunity to connect to people around the world while others saw a different way of using it. Social media is a platform that can be used in the right or wrong way. Using it right is connecting to known but far people to share valuable information and do business. On the other hand, it can be used to share false information and scam innocent people. Social media is not a bad tool. It depends on how you use it.
Learners in Ghana are largely influenced by social media. In as much as social media is helpful to us, many people use it wrongly. In the century of technology, many people use their leisure streaming videos and chatting with people. Most people abuse it. Access to these platforms is open and unlimited which gives room for anybody to join the community.
Learners above fifteen years in Ghana use these platforms in many ways. Social Media has become the second home for many pupils in Ghana. To the extent that they copy lifestyles displayed by people. There is a lot of control drama going on through these platforms. The lifestyles they imitate affects them negatively or positively. In a larger view, the negativity copied outweighs the positivity. Many students stay overnight checking updates on these platforms.
The increasing rate in the use of social media platforms over the years matches the decreasing rate of academic performance in schools. The communication platforms have greatly affected academic excellence negatively instead of doing the opposite.
The only way to bring back the academic standard to normal is to regulate the engagement of children on social media platforms.