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Percentage of online students who say they talk about any education-related topics,including college or college planning;learning outside ofschool;news; careers or jobs; politics,ideas,religion or morals; andschoolwork
Percentage of online students who say they talk speciﬁcally about schoolwork
ing,blogging and visiting onlinecommunities,such as Facebook,MySpace and services designedspeciﬁcally for younger children,such as Webkins and the chat sec-tions ofNick.com.Eighty-onepercent say they have visited asocial networking Web site withinthe past three months and 71 per-cent say they use social network-ing tools at least weekly.Further,students report thatone ofthe most common topicsofconversation on the socialnetworking scene is education.Almost 60 percent ofstudentswho use social networking talkabout education topics online and,surprisingly,more than 50 percenttalk speciﬁcally about schoolwork.Yet the vast majority ofschooldistricts have stringent rulesagainst nearly all forms ofsocialnetworking during the school day —even though students and par-ents report few problem behaviorsonline.Indeed,both district lead-ers and parents believe that socialnetworking could play a positiverole in students’lives and they recognize opportunities for usingit in education — at a time whenteachers now routinely assignhomework that requires Internetuse to complete.In light ofthestudy ﬁndings,school districtsmay want to consider reexamin-ing their policies and practicesand explore ways in which they could use social networking foreducational purposes.
Creating &Connecting//The Positives
There has been explosive growthin creative and authoring activi-ties by students on social net- working sites in recent years.
With words,music,photos andvideos,students are expressingthemselves by creating,manipu-lating and sharing content online.This is how they’re spending time:
More than onein ﬁve online students (21 per-cent) say they post comments onmessage boards every day;fourout of10 (41 percent) say they do so at least once a week.In2002,only 7 percent posted daily and only 17 percent did so atleast once a week,according to asimilar Grunwald Associates LLCsurvey.
Source: Grunwald Associates LLC
A Hot Topic ofSocial Networking: Education