Round Research#3

Inquiry question: How does social media affect teens (13-19 years old)?

Round research#3 focuses on the positive influence that social media takes on teens:
1. How do online educations change teens' lives?
2. How do social media sites inspire teens' creativity and innovation?
3. What changes when teens create a voice on the social networking sites for the voiceless?

* Online education is a form of education which is delivered and administered using the Internet. From(1)
* There are over 6 million students enrolled in post-secondary courses online. And that number continues to grow. Now online education or online learning is a broad term. From(1)
* Instructors in face-to-face courses will utilize the Internet to some degree to share resources and provide learning opportunities outside of the classroom. This is considered web-facilitated learning. From(1)
* All aspects of the course are done online, including: the sharing of resources, discussions, accessing and submitting assignments, administering assessments and delivering feedback. From(1)
* Over 10 million lives have been impacted by Khan Academy. From(2)
* “Young people are digital natives, meaning that they are comfortable using technologies such as the internet to access health information resources and it is a mode of social communication for youth. Internet-based educational programs are ideally suited to improve the accessibility and acceptability of disease self-management programs for young people with chronic health conditions such as JIA,” says Jennifer Stinson, RN-EC, PhD, CPNP, Scientist in Child Health Evaluative Services at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Ontario, and one of the co-authors of the study. From(3)
* In the intervention group, 164 participants reviewed 12 online modules that included both disease education and self-management strategies. The intervention group completed the study in an average time of 189.8 days. In a control group, 169 teens reviewed online material that included links to publically available standard disease education only, and completed the study in an average time of 123.6 days. Compared to baseline measure over time, the participants in both groups showed non-significant improvements over time in pain coping, self-efficacy, disease knowledge and health-related quality of life. The majority of the teens who participated also reported that they found the monthly calls with their health coaches helpful and were satisfied with the call frequency. Most of the teens also reported that they found the website text content, videos, graphics and animations, and relaxation exercises helpful. From(3)
* Online education tool helps teens with Juvenile Arthritis improve quality of life. From(3)
* Social media sites mostly depend on active participation and sharing of different content. This makes it so that young people think outside the box and come up with new content when sharing information. Not only is the content they share unique, but new applications and websites spring up every day with new ways to express creativity and individuality. From(4)
* Various social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are being used by the youth to create a voice for the voiceless. On Facebook, for example, groups like “Disability is not inability” are being brought up to make society more conscious of how they treat the disabled. Most of these groups are started by young people who see the essence of treating everyone equally and social media as the perfect place to spread that message. From(4)
* In fact, the online world offers kids remarkable opportunities to become literate and creative because young people can now publish ideas not just to their friends, but to the world. And it turns out that when they write for strangers, their sense of "authentic audience" makes them work harder, push themselves further, and create powerful new communicative forms. From(5)
* Their goal was to break negative stereotypes about teens in the eyes of those adults. However, due to Facebook’s algorithm and the limited number of posts students were creating (one every other day), they weren’t getting much visibility on Facebook. The teens felt more comfortable creating Instagram and Snapchat content, and their metrics on those platforms were consistently strong. They felt they had a unique voice to offer on Instagram and Snapchat and that, by focusing on those platforms, their posts would be even stronger. From(6)

1. Created by Oliver Schinkten on March 22nd, 2016
2. Posted by Khan Academy official website
3. Posted by American College of Rheumatology on November 4th, 2017
4. Posted by Kelly Austin on June 28th, 2016
5. Posted by Clive Thompson on October 5th, 2013
6. Posted by Katy Noelle Scott

Next round research focuses on:

  1. How does cyberbullying affect teens? 
  2. How does hate speech affect teens?
  3. What're other aspects that might take the negative effect on teens?
Original Post

Wow, that is a lot of information!

I wonder how the absorption of knowledge differs when learning in a physical class or learning through the Internet. I think it would be cool to research the way our brains can rewire and adapt to learn information more efficiently through the Internet, as the Internet is becoming a familiar source of education.

Hi Charlotte!

Technology is definitely becoming a very common source for communication, education, and entertainment, whether for good or for bad. When I was in grade 8, I was taking grade 9 math online, along with a few other people in my grade. It was an okay way of learning, except it was a lot harder to if we had questions but didn't want to ask our online teacher, who was a complete stranger to us. Taking an online course also makes it very easy to cheat, because the tests were online and were unsupervised, and I am almost certain at least some people did cheat. However, I don't believe online education is necessarily a bad thing. I use Khan Academy for math, either for studying or for practising during the summer, and it helps a lot. The internet has so much information, but we need to make sure we are using it the right way, and not for hurting others.

Here's a couple of links for your research on cyberbullying and its impact on teens:


Good luck!

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