Yesterday, I wrote about how my son seems to take his conversations with him, almost constantly lifting his mobile phone from his pocket, reading, typing, and then slipping it back in. Although, he’s started college, more than 1,200 miles from home, his conversations continue. His Friendships continue through daily interactions, in much the same way that they did when he was at home.
Cherrie, a regular reader of my blog commented on yesterday’s entry. She is a Hong Kong born student living in New Zealand — with dual citizenship. She said,
I find that keeping in touch with my friends/teachers from the past helpful in remembering who I am – this helps me to keep focussed, grounded and helps me with making decisions (by affirming my values). Having such a large â€˜repertoireâ€™ of contacts and friends gives me a great deal of support and safety in a life that changes very very quickly with a schedule that bulges from the seams.
Isn’t this what we should be encouraging our students to do, not being afraid of it and banning it.