PARENTS’ PERCEPTIONS OF THE INFLUENCE OF SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKING ON THE CHILDREN OF DEMONSTRATION SECONDARY SCHOOL, AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA

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PARENTS’ PERCEPTIONS OF THE INFLUENCE OF SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKING ON THE CHILDREN OF DEMONSTRATION SECONDARY SCHOOL, AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA

Abstract:

This study sets out to determine Parents’ Perceptions of the Influence that Social media networking have on their Children with special focus on parents whose children attend Demonstration Secondary School Zaria. The study adopts descriptive Research design while survey was use as method of data collection and questionnaire was employ as instrument for data gathering. The research adopts simple percentage as method of data analysis. Of a total population of 1,974 parents of students in the senior secondary classes, 450 parents constitute the researcher’s sample size thereby representing the whole. This sample was picked using purposive sampling method. The study finds that parents had different perceptions of the influence that social media networking have on their children. The study goes on to show that, 76.7% of the respondents are computer literate. Even though most of the study population (84%) had access to the internet, only 46.6% are registered on one social media or the other. The study also shows that it is difficult to deny children access to the social media because advances in technology have made internet accessibility via mobile telephone possible. Findings show that parental monitoring is a mediating factor in supervising children’s activities online. The researcher therefore, recommends that parents should learn to create a conducive and communicative home environment were their children can feel at home to discuss online issues bothering them. The study further recommends that, parents, rather than stop their children from joining these networks, should be supportive of any effort towards educating them about the negative influence that the social media may have on them any time they visit their accounts. This is more so because children can neither be denied access to these social networks nor be stopped from joining them.

PARENTS’ PERCEPTIONS OF THE INFLUENCE OF SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKING ON THE CHILDREN OF DEMONSTRATION SECONDARY SCHOOL, AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA

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