A virtual safe zone: Teachers supporting teenage student resilience through social media in times of war

Hananel Rosenberg, Yaakov Ophir, Christa S.C. Asterhan

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Abstract

We examine how teacher-student communication through social network technologies may support student resilience during an ongoing war (i.e., the 2014 Israel-Gaza war). Based on student responses from open-ended surveys (N = 68), five content categories of emotional support were identified: caring, reassuring, emotion sharing, belonging, and distracting. The mere existence of continuous online contact with teachers also contributed to resilience perceptions. Interviews with 11 secondary school teachers revealed three main purposes for this communication: (a) delivering emotional support to students, (b) monitoring their distress; and (c) maintaining civilized norms of discourse. Practical implications and theoretical contributions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-42
Number of pages8
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Volume73
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2018

Keywords

  • Emotional support
  • Resilience
  • Social network technology (SNT)
  • Teachers
  • Teenagers

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