I asked 19 students, aged between 14 and 17, to complete the survey about digital footprint.
They were 53% males and 47% females, so I consider that both, males and females, are represented perfectly.
All of them used a computer device for the first time before the age of 13, and almost 80% have used a computer device for the first time before 10 years of age.
All of the students, except 3 of them, are online daily, most of them between 2 and 3 hours, more than 50% text with their friends every day
All students, except 3 of them, are online every day, most of them between 2 and 3 hours, which in my opinion is excessive.
The most popular social networks used by these students, all of them teenagers, are Instagram and WhatsApp, used by almost 100% of them practically. More than 50% use YouTube, but they do not have a Youtube channel.
90% of the students have joined a social network before 12 aged, and 100% of them have joined a social network at 13 years old.
In addition, according to the students' answers, the vast majority say that their parents know the networks to which they are signed up, but more than 80% say that their parents do not check what they do on the net.
Luckly, only one of them have been bullied online!
The questions for reflection are:
- Taking into account that children under 14 can not sign up in any social network, who is signing up in these networks, the parents or the minors?
- What does it mean for the parents to know that their children are signed up in a social network?
In my opinión, parents should talk more with their children about what it means to give data, upload photos, share feelings on the net, and of course, they should control what their children send or the people they talk to online.
In this link you can find the graphics for the results of the survey
As a final reflection, social networks have become the first means of communication between adolescents. These sites allow people to exchange personal information, share photos, videos, use blogs and instant messages to communicate.
Social networks can be a good tool for teenagers if they know how to use them, and that is what we, the educators, should try to do.
On the other hand, the aim for the parents is to teach their children how to behave when they are online, even when parents are not keeping an eye on them.