Date of Award

5-2018

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Claire Kimberly, Ph.D

Advisor Department

Child and Family Studies

Abstract

Various research studies have indicated that parental monitoring of social media is important and beneficial to children. However, some parents report that it is difficult to understand and that they lack an overall confidence in their ability to monitor. The purpose of this project was to analyze the relationship between parental confidence in their ability to monitor social media with social media literacy and attitudes/perceptions toward Snapchat. Forty-two participants were recruited through communication with local parent-teacher organizations, posted ads on The University of Southern Mississippi campus, and social media. The participants were given a survey that measured and assessed their social media literacy, attitudes and perceptions toward social media and confidence in monitoring skills. Correlations did not reveal a significant relationship between attitudes/perceptions toward social media, confidence in monitoring, and social media literacy. However, positive relationships were found between confidence in monitoring and both variables. These results—and information from previous research—were used to form a 45-minute online parent educational workshop/program to increase parental confidence in monitoring their child’s social media usage. This project concludes with implications of the study and suggestions for further research.

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