London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Adolescents and social networks in French high schools: Is it possible to build a community of citizens?

Author(s) Chauvigné, C.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2012  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell (eds.) Creating Communities: Local, National and Global  
Age group -  
Digital and web culture has invaded and transformed our lifestyles in recent years. The impact of this trend and the concerns it raises or fascination it holds for us in terms of the technological revolution, makes us wonder about human relations, building social links and one’s own self-construction. What are the relationships between adolescents and digital or web culture? What kind of education is being considered today in high school? Should the school be the only source of training in this area? This article investigates the link between the customs and practices of pupils and social networks or digital culture. We aim to do this, firstly, through the analysis of two hundred student testimonies, aged between eleven and eighteen years, taken from a survey conducted in the western regions of France and in Paris during 2011 and 2012. Secondly, we investigate the role school can play in new technologies education, by comparing the national curriculum to classroom practices. And, finally, we compare the adolescents’ position with that of the institution. Our findings reveal the technical influence on education and the difficulty of implementing the educational act in citizenship education. Keywords: media education, skills, web, citizen

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