Multimedia Juvenile Victimization: School Faculty Perspectives about Youth Behavior
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This paper discusses the results of school faculty (N=425) perspectives on youth behavior online. Data was gathered via a 22-item questionnaire in Virginia, Wyoming, and Hawaii. Issues such as opinions on where students should learn about internet safety and who is most responsible are discussed. Faculty identified online sexual predators and cyber bullies as their greatest concern, whereas misinformation and bias was the least concern. Also, faculty are aware of cell phones being used for sexting, but not as aware of technologies used to cyber bully. More than half (63.7%) of the faculty indicated that they rarely or never discuss internet safety during the school day, yet most (84.0%) feel that they are comfortable talking to their students about internet safety. Recommendations for teacher professional development in internet safety issues and future areas of research are discussed.