Half Girl, Half Face
Date posted: July 21, 2015
Designed for girls in grades 7-9, the Half Girl, Half Face workshop explores many of the online image issues teenage girls may encounter when they use digital media – particularly social networks. Suitable for both school and community settings, the resources include the Half Girl, Half Face video and a comprehensive facilitator’s guide.
This MediaSmarts workshop revolves around the story of a teenage girl whose image has gone viral. As the video’s protagonist tries to explain how this experience has affected her, she questions many aspects of social networking that are relevant to teens: the tension between privacy and publicity; social rules and expectations about how you should – and should not – represent yourself and how others represent you; and social media as an extension and affirmation of inclusion and popularity.
Through the Half Girl, Half Face workshop, girls are given a chance to discuss and reflect on their online experiences and those of their peers and to think about ways they can ensure that their online interactions are positive for them and others.
Half Girl, Half Face workshop was made possible by financial contributions from the eGirls Project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.