Social Media can often be described as a melting pot of information, through stories, articles and opinions, and if done badly the end result can be misinformed people sharing erroneous information. Such is the risk on the internet.
If done well though, it can spark a whole group of young people to talk about it. What we have on Social Media that the News do not, is the human face behind the facts, there's a freedom in this informal space to discuss stories from the people who were there at the time in detail. It deepens our understanding as often articles on the internet are done in first person, this has a knock on effect for these articles to be more thought provoking and evocative; we are more inclined empathetic of it. It deepens our understanding of what the people went through during that major world event in a more interesting format, like an emotional supplement to be taken with the logic and facts of the news
Teenagers use social media all the time, and social media sites often provide information about major world events. This allows for education about the event, prompts many to look up further information and starts conversations between people from all over the world regarding the event. Just like classroom discussion, these conversations deepen understanding of the events and help teens form informed opinions.
Social media has been described by many scholars as the fourth revelation in communication, along with the birth of language, writing and the printing press. The social media can spread news far faster than word of mouth. It can help promote businesses and notify people about events in the news, such as forest fires and murders. Many celebrities regularly use twitter to say how they are feeling, or to advertise a gig. Television programs, such as Waterloo Road, presented by the BBC, post on Facebook every week when the program is about to be aired. Anyone with an internet connection can view these posts, and most people in MEDCs have an internet connection. Events in a protest can be posted as they happen by protesters, which aids websites such as BBC news to make more people aware of what is happening.
A teen's understanding of major world events probably could be improved because of social media. However, to be truthful, most of them do not use it for that and probably are not posting about that. Instead there is the trivia about their own lives and the lives of inane celebrities.