ERIC Number: ED520567
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
Adolescent's Perceptions of Deviance When Using Technology: The Approaching Post-Typographic Culture
Daniel, Annie J.
Online Submission, Current Issues in Middle Level Education, v11 n1 p19-24
Background: Deviant behavior on the computer and the Internet is rising as technology use increases (Hollinger, 1996b ; Power, 2000; Vatis, 2000). Recently, there has been an increase in the number of high tech crimes by adolescents. According to the U.S. Department of Justice (2005), teens have gone high tech with old fashion bullying, stalking and spreading rumors. With the use of technology, students have advanced to cyberbullying and cyberstalking. Students are using e-mail, Websites, instant messaging, chat-rooms and text messaging to antagonize and intimidate others. Purpose: The primary purpose of this study was to explore middle and high school students' perceptions of deviant behavior when using computers and the Internet. Setting: South Louisiana school district with middle and high schools that had computers with Internet access. Study Sample: The accessible population included all students who attended a middle or high school in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS) with computers that are capable of accessing the Internet. A convenience sample of 1,150 students (575 middle and 575 high school students) was selected. The research design is descriptive. Findings: When comparing the means of the Peers' Behavior Score and the Students' Behavior Score, students' perceptions of themselves and their classmates are very different. Students perceive that their peers are displaying deviant behavior "often" and "very often" on computers and the Internet. However, students perceive that they are not engaging in "deviance" or "some deviant" behavior. Conclusion: Students may feel more comfortable disclosing what others are doing. Students may not want to admit displaying deviance, but it is easier to be more open when discussing someone else's behavior. Therefore, the two scores might be used to gauge the amount of actual deviance being displayed.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana