Examining Middle School Students’ Social Media Use

ID: 54854 Type: Full Paper: Research
  1. Florence Martin, University of North Carolina Charlotte, United States
  2. Chuang Wang, Teresa Petty, Weichao Wang, and Patti Wilkins, UNC Charlotte, United States

Wednesday, June 26 2:45 PM-3:15 PM Location: Oost View on map

Presider: Lee Allen, University of Memphis, United States

Abstract: As more schools and school districts are implementing 1-1 and “bring your own technology” initiatives, attention to inappropriate use of social media is becoming increasingly important. A total of 593 middle school students were surveyed about digital footprints and concerns about social media. The results show that 17% started using social media at age nine or younger, 40% accepted friend requests from people they do not know, and 40% reported that their parents did not monitor their social media use, which calls for the needs of cyber-security education. These middle school students reported using social media most often to connect with their friends, share pictures, and find out what others are doing. They indicated that Instagram (27%), SnapChat (25%) and YouTube (25%) were their most used social media sites. These students have concerns about social media due to inappropriate postings, getting hacked, getting their feelings hurt, lack of privacy, inappropriate pictures, bullying, negativity, and stalkers. This study informs teachers, administrators, technology facilitators and parents on social media use by students.


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