What Age’s Are K-12 Students Actively Using Facebook? Adalheidur Reed M.S. Dr. Gerald Knezek.
Background• Facebook was created in February 2004 as a Harvard only online social networking site but opened its site to the public in 2006 (Sheldon, 2008a; Urista, Dong, & Day, 2009).• What do parents and children know about using online social media profiles (OSMP)?
The Study Recruiting Participants• Participants where recruited using social media the total number of participants in the online survey where 142 From Iceland and the US. – Facebook – Twitter – Linkedin
Safety Blocked & Banned• OSMP use is blocked and banned from school servers does that help educating students proper use.• Is making things banned, blocked or illegal aid in solving the privacy dangers and problems• Does educating and teaching proper best practice use do more?
Active Users On Facebook• Today 6 years after opening to the general public there are 901 million active Facebook users (Wikipedia, 2012). Who is educating the general public in OSMP use?• How many of the 901 Million active users are children under 18?• May 2012 CEO of Facebook Mark Zeckerburg thinks that it is time that the current 13 year old age limit be lifted because children are able to learn from using Facebook (MSNNow, 2012).
Best Practice?• Schools are trying to implement their own OSMP with sites like Edmundo, but with little to no buy in from students outside of the school walls where they are being forced to use it.• Tomorrow is not the time to implement Facebook OSMP into K-12 Education the time is Yesterday!
How old was your Child when theirfirst social media profile was created?• A total of 82% participants out of 116 that responded had children under the age of 14 when their ONSP was created. # Answer Response % 1 1-5 9 8% 2 6-10 28 24% 3 11-14 68 59% 4 15-18 21 18%
What type of online media profile does your child have?• 92% reported their children used Facebook or 103 out of 112 responding to this item, Skype was a distant second with 29%. # Answer Response % 1 Facebook 103 92% 2 MySpace 7 6% 3 Twitter 12 11% Yahoo 4 12 11% Messenger 5 Windows Live 19 17% 6 Skype 33 29% 7 Other 15 13%
What Privacy Level’s• What type of interaction are students participating while when engaging in the use of OSMP’s and is it safe, who is navigating their OSMP journey and who is protecting them while they travel the OSMP highway, what is their privacy level set to.
Monitoring• When asked “Do you monitor your child- children while they engage in using online social media?” Only 13% answered “Yes Every Step”. # Answer Response % Yes Every 1 15 13% Step Most Of the 2 37 33% time 3 Pretty Much 34 30% 4 Not Much 25 22% 5 Not At All 1 1% Total 112 100%
Conclusion• April, 2012 the active users of Facebook grew from 845 million in February to over 901 million (Wikipedia, 2012), this growth seems to indicate the need for an updated larger version of this study.• Are students buying into school issued OSMP sites like Edmodo that the schools are attempting to use to safely teach OSMP interaction, are students using Edmondo outside of the school walls?