Technically speaking, to use QQ and WeChat as a voting platform is not a bad choice. It is a convenient way for voting with huge and extensive coverage. It is supposed to be fair and transparent. However, in reality, most of the voters are actually asked to vote for a child they know little or nothing about. Their votes are not based on the virtue of a child’s work in a certain contest, but totally on their personal connection with the child’s parents. As a result, those parents with the most WeChat contacts will always prevail. A platform that is well placed to be fair and transparent, mostly due to the lack of effective supervision, is being abused by too many people, especially parents, to solicit votes for their children. China Youth Daily): buying will mislead students into believing that it is morally acceptable to reach a goal by cheating, which is against educational tenets.
The original purpose of online voting was to encourage democracy and transparency. However, for various reasons, online voting has become a competition of parents’ social ability rather than students’ talent. Parents tend to take all means to seek votes to win a prize for their children. Online voting is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it can boost students’ enthusiasm for self-improvement, but on the other, if used improperly, it can encourage students’ vanity and selfishness. The education department of Zhejiang Province has set a good example for regulating unhealthy online voting activities and helping students achieve better educational campaigns.
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