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I won’t use the word battle. However, I’m not quite sure if deal-with sums up what we have been doing in the last six months either. Social Networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace have certainly wreaked havoc on the middle school social dynamic. Now, middle schoolers can continue their adolescent behavior in cyberspace as well as at recess.
Back in October, this article by Will Richardson inspired me to spend more time educating our students about their online persona. I spent hours this year discussing with them the repercussions resulting from essentially living their lives in a public sphere. It was truly amazing at the resistence that I got to all conversations. In light of this article, I’m wondering if it is even possible to get them to understand the social impact of their online actions.