Social Learning

    Social learning theory is a perspective that states that people learn within a social context. It is facilitated through concepts such as modeling and observational learning. People, especially children, learn from the environment and seek acceptance from society by learning through influential models. Social learning theory is a perspective that states that social behavior (any type of behavior that we display socially) is learned primarily by observing and imitating the actions of others. The social behavior is also influenced by being rewarded and/or punished for these actions.

    Social learning theory was derived in an attempt by Robert Sears and other scholars to merge psychoanalytic and stimulus-response learning theory into an inclusive explanation of human behavior. Sears and the others draw their conclusions off of the clinical richness of the former and the rigor of the latter. Albert Bandura, conversely, abandoned the psychoanalytic and drive features of the approach. His approach emphasized on cognitive and information-processing capabilities that facilitate social behavior. Both theories proposed were envisioned as a general context for the understanding of human behavior.

    Daily use of social networks in the new generations are not alien to this context and are part of the process of integration into society for all youth living in XXI century and therefore in their learning process, then educational institutions should take advantage and participate in social networking environments and compatibilize them with the training process they bring to their students.

    Real-Life Benefits of Online Social Networking

    • Kids can gain social confidence from interacting with other people online, which may help them feel more secure in new situations, such as going to college, joining a sports team, and meeting new friends.
    • Because social networking—like everything else online—is constantly evolving, kids can become more familiar with new and emerging technologies, as well as increase their media literacy through exposure to many different types of online media that are shared by their friends.
    • Many kids find support in online communities; this is especially true for kids who have unique interests or feel isolated. Encourage your child to find other kids who are interested in the same thing or may be dealing with similar issues.
    • Online communities can be very diverse and expose your child to many new viewpoints, ideas, and opinions that she may not be familiar with.
    • Kids tend to use social networking to augment—not replace—their real-world relationships, helping them learn to communicate in many different ways. Social networking is becoming an increasingly important method of communicating in schools and the workplace, so it’s good for your child to be prepared to communicate through sites like Facebook and LinkedIn.
    • Keeping in touch with family members that live far away can become much easier through the use of online social networking. By sharing updates, photos, videos, and messages, family members can stay connected even if the live across the country—or the world.

Private Social Networks


    While there are risks inherent in online public social networking, there are also many potential benefits. Social networking can provide opportunities for new relationships as well as strengthening existing relationships, whether your kids’ friends are close to home or across the world. It’s important to be vigilant when your kids are getting involved in online social networking, but it’s also good to encourage positive relationships through various avenues, including the Internet. Our Social Network solution help your school to build a private, own controlled, supervised environment for social networking.

    Social Networking in Schools

    • Social networking is becoming increasingly important in schools—Facebook, Moodle, SecondLife, Digg, and other sites are often used by teachers to communicate with students or for out-of-classroom discussions.
    • Youth can further explore topics that they’re interested in through online social networking. By making connections with other people who have the same interest, kids can learn and exchange knowledge with others they may not have had the opportunity to interact with.
    • Teachers often take advantage of students’ social networking abilities to create class blogs, discussion forums, videos, and more. By collaborating with other students and teachers through online social networking, children are able to build stronger school communities.


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