Should Social Media Be Taught in High School

by Jay Baer
Get all JayToday episodes at http://jaytoday.tv (watch video to see my rant about this live from Milwaukee) Is social media so important now that we should be teaching it as a mandatory class in high school? I saw an article recently — my mom actually sent it to me, which is pretty fantastic — that in the United Kingdom they are now making it mandatory for all high school ...Read the full article

Should Social Media Be Taught in High School? - #JayToday

EPISODE 74 Is social media so important now that we should be teaching it as a mandatory class in high school? In the UK, students are required to take a class on cyber security. Their idea is that since kids are using social media so pervasively, they should understand how their status updates and Instagram posts affect their privacy and their future. Of course, it begs the question: Should this class also be required here in the U.S. and across the world? In San Francisco, some educators are saying that, well, kids need to know how to swim, but we don't teach that in school so why should we teach social media? But if my mom, who has been a high school teacher for 30 years says, "Absolutely, we should be teaching social media in high school," then I agree. What do you think? SUBSCRIBE: https://www.youtube.com/jaybaer00 SPROUT SOCIAL SHOUT OUT Today's Sprout Social shout out goes to Kyle Lacy (https://twitter.com/kyleplacy), who is currently head of marketing at Salesforce Marketing Cloud, but is moving to OpenView Partners to lead their content in Boston. Check out Kyle and my "Baer Facts" videos (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHYDWFM-nbDtRJa7o1QXzFETwx8vkFDeZ) and follow Kyle's insights in social media and content marketing. OUR SPONSORS Candidio (http://candidio.com), a simple and affordable video production company. Follow @candidio on Twitter. Sprout Social (http://sproutsocial.com), a social media management and analytics company that Jay uses for much of his social media every day. Follow @sproutsocial on Twitter. ABOUT JAY TODAY Jay Today is a video podcast with 3-minute lessons and commentary on business, social media and digital marketing from New York Times best-selling author and venture capitalist Jay Baer. Join Jay daily for insights on trends, quick tips, observations and inspiration at http://bit.ly/JayToday.


When Technology Is Not the Answer - #JayToday

EPISODE 72 Sometimes when we try to use technology to solve problems, there's an easier way. I have a personal story about this, which happened over Thanksgiving. I was going to a friend's farm to enjoy a deep fried turkey with some friends, when we realize we didn't have enough oil. We drove over to the grocery store, only to realize neither one of us had our wallets. We couldn't pay for the oil! Being the tech-type that I am, I went through every money app on my phone - Paypal, my banking app, Apple Pay, and others. I wasn't able to use any of them to pay for the oil at this grocery store. Just when we thought we were out of luck, my friend made a novel suggestion: "Why don't we just ask someone?" Somewhat ashamed that I hadn't thought of this myself, we were able to convince someone to lend us the $15 to buy the oil with the promise that we would pay him back (more than double what he spent for his trouble). Instead of using the "Uber" for whatever app on your phone to get something done, why not just pick up the phone and call someone? Or ask a friend? Maybe the tech is more trouble than it's worth and sometimes, we fall prey to technology to the detriment of ourselves. SUBSCRIBE: https://www.youtube.com/jaybaer00 SPROUT SOCIAL SHOUT OUT Today's Sprout Social shout out goes to Mike Stelzner (http://twitter.com/mike_stelzner), a fantastic social media marketer who runs Social Media Examiner (http://socialmediaexaminer.com) and the Social Media Marketing Podcast (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/social-media-marketing-podcast/id549899114?mt=2). Follow Mike on social media if you aren't already! OUR SPONSORS Candidio (http://candidio.com), a simple and affordable video production company. Follow @candidio on Twitter. Sprout Social (http://sproutsocial.com), a social media management and analytics company that Jay uses for much of his social media every day. Follow @sproutsocial on Twitter. ABOUT JAY TODAY Jay Today is a video podcast with 3-minute lessons and commentary on business, social media and digital marketing from New York Times best-selling author and venture capitalist Jay Baer. Join Jay daily for insights on trends, quick tips, observations and inspiration at http://bit.ly/JayToday.