In our first posting I mention about Social Distancing and I said I would explore this further.
So, before I begin, I want you to just for a few seconds think about the word Social what does it mean to you; what words jump out to explore and express ‘Social’
Here are my findings;
If you are social, you like to be around people. A social butterfly is someone who is social or friendly with everyone, flitting from person to person, the way a butterfly might. The word social comes from the Latin socius meaning "friend." When you're being social, you're everyone's friend. www.vocabulary.com
The definition of social is someone or something that enjoys being with others or has to do with people living or gathering in groups. An example of social is children laughing and playing together.
Etymology. The word "Social" derives from the Latin word socii ("allies"). It is particularly derived from the Italian Socii states, historical allies of the Roman Republic (although they rebelled against Rome in the Social War of 91-88 BC). Interacting with others boosts feelings of well-being and decreases feelings of depression. Research has shown that one sure way of improving your mood is to work on building social connections. You may even lower your risk of dementia. 30 Jun 2016 www.psychologytoday.com
Social is about interaction whether that be with the use of talking face to face with a ‘Safe Physical Distance’, or via the social media tools.
Young people may use their gaming to socially engage with their peers/friends. They may use Instagram too.
Some may choose to use WhatsApp tools, Facebook and so on.
I have used the lockdown opportunity to communicate with old friends with writing letters or sending cards.
I have also noticed how lockdown has enabled families and friends to keep in touch via zoom or house party where everyone is able to interact, play games, laugh , shed some happy and sad tears and just engage through their facial features; to be in touch emotionally and mentally. But not in touch physically due to the 2m/1m rule.
So let me use this point to explore what does the government mean by the ‘social distance’ – is this an appropriate term to use when we are socially interacting and what messages does it give to our young people who feel they need to keep their social distance; what impact does this term have on the well-being of our community.
I wonder why this was not explored before naming it ‘social distancing’ and perhaps the term ‘physical distancing’ may have been appropriate. After all we are all socially engaged but physically at a distance. Another term I feel that would be appropriate and especially for our young people is ‘safe distancing’ as the implications of ‘social distancing’ is about keeping safe.
This is my food for thought and perhaps something to explore as I am slowly trying to change the terms in school to ‘safe distancing’.
Have a great weekend, keep your safe distance and enjoy the social interaction.