If you kids create and post social media content, chances are they’re sitting on a treasure trove of top ideas for Kids News Short Story Competition.
Panicking about social media and screens could be preventing parents from seeing the value of various platforms.
While safeguarding a child’s online presence is paramount, education experts point to social media’s creative merits compared to measures like NAPLAN.
Children’s digital literacy even means many have amassed a treasure trove that’s ripe for repurposing into those more traditional forms like short stories, plays, poetry and screenplays.
Deakin University senior lecturer in curriculum Dr Lucinda McKnight calls NAPLAN tasks “dead writing” and says children are “researching … all the time” on social media, calling their content a “massive goldmine” of ideas. Kids News Short Story Competition logo 2 Rather than leading with fears and risks when discussing social media at home, she suggests parents try being curious and positive about why their child loves it.
And with the annual Kids News Short Story Competition currently open for entries, Dr McKnight said budding authors should consider everything they produce on social media as “a form of writing that they can use for inspiration for other types of writing”. Deakin University senior lecturer in curriculum Dr Lucinda McKnight said the content kids produce for social media is a “goldmine” of great ideas. Picture: Twitter “They’re thinking about what they love … and curating quirky things they’re curious about,” she said.
“Whether it be beautiful sunsets or funny things in their lives, they’re taking photos … making montages, putting together dream jobs or tallest buildings in the world or what it would be like to wake up as a new Marvel superhero.
“Everything that they’re participating in they can switch around creatively: what are the silly videos that cats would make of humans?”
New genres appear all the time, such as “the explainer”, while filters can help refine heroes and villains and characters can be created and defined simply by the emojis they choose.
“It might be a parent or an older person choosing all the inappropriate emojis, getting them all wrong and making it a humorous piece of writing like that,” Dr McKnight said. Oliver Phommavanh’s Don’t Follow Vee uses social media as the engine driving the whole story. Picture: Supplied Comic and children’s author Oliver Phommavanh. Picture: Supplied Best-selling children’s author and comedian Oliver Phommavanh’s novel Don’t Follow Vee has the young protagonist tracked by 100,000 followers via her mum’s Instagram account.
The fun really starts when Vee tries sabotaging her profile but becomes a new internet sensation instead.
“It’s our job to get our characters into uncomfortable, embarrassing, squirmy, cringe-y situations,” Phommavanh said.
He added that social media offers endless scope to ask, “How can you get the character in trouble, how can we get them into more trouble – what could go wrong?”Like Dr McKnight, he is intrigued by the rise “the expert”, particularly in niche subcultures.“Hang out with these people who love sneakers and hear their stories,” Phommavanh said.“Maybe it’s their first pair … maybe […]