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Leaping the Digital Divide with Online Social Networking

, Curriculum Research & Development Group, College of Education, University of Hawaii, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, HI, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-73-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


In this paper, the mechanism that has caused the most emotional impact—online social networks—will be explored. Online social networks contribute daily to fear, love, disbelief, consternation, validation, and excitement. Without having a school assignment behind them, students explore the Web for their own interests, oftentimes encountering other individuals with the same goal. Educators can use this motivation with specific educational goals. Results from this study show that both parents and teachers recognize the widespread use of online social networks, but both do not feel prepared to deal with issues with the children. From a list of seven different issues surrounding online social networks, parents are most concerned with sexual predators whereas teachers are most concerned with cyberbullying. Shared will be viewpoints of 13 year old students and their parents in Hawaii along with perspectives of a cadre of those students’ school teachers. Also shared will be implications for further research.


Nguyen, T.T. (2009). Leaping the Digital Divide with Online Social Networking. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2009--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3003-3010). Honolulu, HI, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 1, 2021 from .



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