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ERIC Number: EJ970551
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
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ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
realfriends: A Student Social Action Project
Van Zoost, Steven
Education Canada, v52 n1 Win 2012
"realfriends" is a social action project created by Grade 12 English students in Windsor, Nova Scotia. Its purpose was to create a face-to-face social network that would help change the school climate into a more social space. Interest in socializing is nothing new for teenagers, but these students articulated a worry that people their age may be losing their social skills due to technologically assisted communication. This worry is represented in the students' motto for realfriends: stop cliquing, start connecting. Media often taints the reputation of teens with impressions of strange subcultures, rebellious activity, suspicious behaviour, and secretive peer-communication. But these young people show willingness, openness, and readiness to develop problem-solving and social skills. Because of a heavy reliance on technology to communicate, it is more important than ever for teachers to model and facilitate face-to-face communication in classrooms.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 12; High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada