The Pew Institute has just released their study entitled “Teens, Kindness and Cruelty on Social Network Sites: how American teens navigate new world of digital citizenship”
This study has some pretty interesting findings.
Of the findings, I was excited to learn that majority of teens feel that they have overall positive online experiences. In their survey, they asked “Overall, in your experience, the people your age mostly kind or mostly unkind to one another on social networking sites?” About 69% of teens 12–17 reported that people are mostly kind of social networking sites. my mind, this is a fairly significant number of positive responses. Compare this with adults, 85% of social media using adults reported that their experiences were mostly kind also. Therefore, the common negative misperceptions about social media have been blown out of proportion and the benefits have not been examined enough.
Let’s drop the rhetoric about social media and teach our kids how to use it.