by ABC News

November 8, 2011

Welcome to the parent guide for this text! Read below to find out about what your child is reading in class and how you can support him/her at home.

This week in class, we’re reading "More Facebook Friends, Fewer Real Ones, Says Cornell Study" by ABC News.

Matthew Brashears, a Cornell sociologist, conducted a study that suggested social networks may not be fulfilling our deeper social needs.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Community, Friendship & Family, and Technology, Progress & Industry as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

"What are the costs and benefits of technology?", "How are communities formed?", and "What is a friend?"

Ways to support your child: