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Raglan House, Raglan St.
Maryborough, Victoria  3465
Australia
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Hello Rotarians
Sophie Williams and Tahli Liddicoat, Year 11 students from Highview College addressed us on “Youth and Social Media”. Both speakers are to be congratulated for the maturity, quality and depth of their presentations.
They explained the many types of social networks and media used for a huge variety of purposes. Commonly used types of social media are:-
Social Networks - Services that allow you to connect with other people of similar interests and background.  Usually they consist of a profile, various ways to interact with other users, ability to setup groups, etc. The most popular are Facebook and LinkedIn.
Facebook is a popular free social networking website that allows registered users to create profiles, upload photos and video, send messages and keep in touch with friends, family and colleagues. The site, which is available in 37 different languages.
Instagram is an online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, and share them on a variety of social networking platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr.
Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called "tweets". Registered users can read and post tweets, but unregistered users can only read them. Twitter is a microblogging site as it focuses on short updates that are pushed out to anyone subscribed to receive the updates. 
YouTube is a website designed for sharing video. Millions of users around the world have created accounts on the site that allow them to upload videos that anyone can watch. Every minute of every day, more than 35 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube.
Blog Comments and Forums - Online forums allow members to hold conversations by posting messages.  Blog comments are similar except they are attached to blogs and usually the discussion centres around the topic of the blog post.  
Of interest was the differing ways and the reasons why social media was used. There are negatives such as the “cyber bullying” phenomena, but overall a positive perspective exists.

Tahli tended to use social media predominantly as a form of research for her studies (similar to “Googling”), while Sophie used it as a form of communication to remain updated with her friends, sporting interests (training times, team discussion), etc.
They also explained that a downside of the social media explosion is that many youth do not possess the skills required to communicate face to face. An example was of young people at a birthday party sitting opposite each other at a table – absolute silence, no conversation, everyone heads down and all communicating via mobile phone.  
 The “Wings and Wheels” weekend held at the Maryborough aerodrome over the weekend was very successful.  Thank you to everyone involved, especially Secretary Anthony and Carisbrook Lions for their effort with their BBQ.
In an email received from Mel Jarvis President of Corby Phoenix RC Northamptonshire,0 our POW Awardee Liz Albanese has done herself and the club proud.

A quote related to light to reinforce the International theme of “Light Up Rotary.”

“Firelight will not let you read fine stories but it's warm and you won't see the dust on the floor”. ~ Irish Proverb
 

 
 
 

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