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'Chat Room' Use for School

A simple way to implement this school chat room for young people would be to engage a young/er person / teacher who the students of the school and the young of heart parents relate to and have him / her act as an intermediary with those charged with making the arrangements for the upcoming activity. This person would be a student leader or a young teacher, more than likely.

The leader would need to arrange for the young people to:

•   all be ‘friends’ (members of their chat line group) on the chat line
•   chat at a particular time and day
•   develop an agenda, but not need to be too formalized, but be capable of ‘going with the flow’
•   make all ‘friends’ in the chat feel welcome and valued
•   be able to lead a chat respectfully so as to achieve outcomes – emphasis is on ‘chat’ and not a ‘meeting’
•   call follow-up chats as needed
•   feedback to key people within the organizational structure of the school
•   feedback to other young people who weren’t involved
•   feedback to parents the process and outcomes – a well informed school is usually a supportive school.

Sample Chat Room and Sign Up Process

Hotmail at Windows Live is a popular chat room for young people. This chapter uses Hotmail as the sample study. See Windows Live Essentials for all that is offered.

Another popular chat room is at Yahoo (see http://messenger.yahoo.com/ for details).

Written by Bryan Foster. Copyright - SMAPL.



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