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The impact of a short-term school intervention about risks on social network sites

Ellen Vanderhoven (UGent) , Tammy Schellens (UGent) and Martin Valcke (UGent)
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The growing popularity of social network sites (SNS) is causing concerns about privacy and security, especially with teenagers since they show various forms of unsafe behavior on SNS. It has been put forth by researchers, teachers, parents and teenagers that school is ideally placed to educate teens about risks on SNS and teach youngsters how to use SNS safely. However, existing educational materials are not theoretically grounded, do not tackle all the specific risks that teens might encounter on SNS and lack outcome evaluations. Additionally, general media education research indicates that although changes in knowledge are often obtained, changes in behavior are much more difficult to achieve. Therefore, new educational packages were developed – taking into account instructional guidelines- and a quasi-experimental intervention study was set up to find out whether these materials are effective in changing the awareness or the behavior of teenagers on SNS. It was found that all three courses obtained their goal in raising the awareness about the risks tackled in this course. However, only a limited impact was found on teenagers’ behavior concerning these risks. Implications are discussed.
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intervention, social network site, risk, behavior, secondary school

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Vanderhoven, Ellen, et al. “The Impact of a Short-Term School Intervention about Risks on Social Network Sites.” American Educational Research Association, Proceedings, 2013.
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Vanderhoven, E., Schellens, T., & Valcke, M. (2013). The impact of a short-term school intervention about risks on social network sites. American Educational Research Association, Proceedings. Presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA -2013), San Francisco, CA, USA.
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Vanderhoven, Ellen, Tammy Schellens, and Martin Valcke. 2013. “The Impact of a Short-Term School Intervention about Risks on Social Network Sites.” In American Educational Research Association, Proceedings.
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Vanderhoven, Ellen, Tammy Schellens, and Martin Valcke. 2013. “The Impact of a Short-Term School Intervention about Risks on Social Network Sites.” In American Educational Research Association, Proceedings.
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Vanderhoven E, Schellens T, Valcke M. The impact of a short-term school intervention about risks on social network sites. In: American Educational Research Association, Proceedings. 2013.
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E. Vanderhoven, T. Schellens, and M. Valcke, “The impact of a short-term school intervention about risks on social network sites,” in American Educational Research Association, Proceedings, San Francisco, CA, USA, 2013.
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  abstract     = {{The growing popularity of social network sites (SNS) is causing concerns about privacy and security, especially with teenagers since they show various forms of unsafe behavior on SNS. It has been put forth by researchers, teachers, parents and teenagers that school is ideally placed to educate teens about risks on SNS and teach youngsters how to use SNS safely. However, existing educational materials are not theoretically grounded, do not tackle all the specific risks that teens might encounter on SNS and lack outcome evaluations. Additionally, general media education research indicates that although changes in knowledge are often obtained, changes in behavior are much more difficult to achieve. Therefore, new educational packages were developed – taking into account instructional guidelines- and a quasi-experimental intervention study was set up to find out whether these materials are effective in changing the awareness or the behavior of teenagers on SNS. It was found that all three courses obtained their goal in raising the awareness about the risks tackled in this course. However, only a limited impact was found on teenagers’ behavior concerning these risks. Implications are discussed.}},
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