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Middle School Students' Social Media Use

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Journal of Educational Technology & Society Volume 21, Number 1, ISSN 1176-3647 e-ISSN 1176-3647


Cyber bullying, digital identity, impact of digital footprints, and use of inappropriate social media are topics that are gaining attention in K-12 schools. As more schools and school districts are implementing 1-1 and "bring your own technology" initiatives, attention to these topics 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.


Martin, F., Wang, C., Petty, T., Wang, W. & Wilkins, P. (2018). Middle School Students' Social Media Use. Journal of Educational Technology & Society, 21(1), 213-224. Retrieved August 26, 2019 from .

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