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Seventh and eighth graders' perceptions of appropriate digital behavior

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dc.contributor.advisor Poole, Dawn Beyer, Marshall
dc.contributor.other Neufeld, Susan 2018-04-27T17:09:33Z 2018-04-27T17:09:33Z 2018 April en_US 2018-04-27
dc.identifier.other Master of Arts in Education en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to examine seventh and eighth graders’ perceptions of appropriate digital behavior. A survey, which was adapted from Willard’s 2012 survey Cyber Savvy Students, was distributed to all seventh and eighth graders in two middle schools in the Central Valley of California. The survey asked students to respond to items examining how they make decisions when using digital tools such as the internet, smartphones, and other personal devices. Participation in taking the survey was anonymous and voluntary. Following the survey, focus groups were conducted, one at each site. Focus groups were comprised compiled of 8-10 students, including seventh and eighth graders and male and female students. Participation in the focus group was also voluntary. Results of the study showed that overall students seem to make good decisions while online. The majority of both male and female students stated that they have privacy settings in place where only people they friend can see the content they post. Also, a majority of respondents stated that they do not like to see cyberbullying online. The results showed that most respondents did not appear to know how to deal effectively with cyberbullies when they encounter them. Results of the study showed that while male and female respondents answered similarly on many items, there were areas where they answered differently. A discussion of the results is provided, including suggestions related to digital citizenship curriculum development. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.title Seventh and eighth graders' perceptions of appropriate digital behavior en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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