Yes, teenagers use Facebook. And although whether or not they’ll be using Facebook in a few years remains to be seen, the site does have a considerable presence among high-school students. The Pew Research Center recently examined how teens use social media, finding that they don’t like drama and having their parents connected to them, but they stay on Facebook because it plays a key part in the social experience. However, Facebook’s youngest users tend to have no problem configuring privacy settings.
It’s probably not surprising that when Facebook users are 21, most of their friends are also in that same age bracket. It’s also not a shocker to say that men talk about sports on Facebook more than women. But how do trends change over time? Do 30-year-olds tend to talk about health more than new high-school graduates? A highly visual set of data from Wolfram Alpha brings Facebook’s social graph to life, showing how people connect and relate to each other on the social network.
As more and more middle school and high school students log onto Facebook, courts have had to reassess the definition of virtual free speech. Many younger members use Facebook to vent frustration, but when posts are aimed toward teachers and faculty members, where is the line drawn? A Minnesota court recently ruled in favor of a 12-year-old student who posted unfavorably about a school staff member on Facebook, citing that the school’s demand for her social media passwords violated First and Fourth Amendment rights.
As summer turns to fall, there’s one phrase that makes kids hide in fear: “Back to school.” Apparently, it has the same effect on Facebook. According to social software company Expion, back to school posts made by brands were liked 79 percent less than other posts.
Although most of us probably won’t step foot on Mars, one Facebook campaign is utilizing the red planet and the social network to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering, and math. Through Raytheon Company’s Mission to Mars, students can explore the planet virtually and interact with Facebook to earn grants.
The words “back to school” make some kids even more unhappy than others, as returning to the classroom often coincides with returning to being the victim of bullying, and a recent study by McAfee found that Facebook is the most prominent vehicle of the cyber form of such behavior.
For these 10 Facebook users, going back to school is probably a good thing — let’s hope they pay attention during the lessons covering spelling and grammar.
Here are some back-to-school tips for parents and teachers on Facebook.
You might think it’s fun to upload a picture of you taking a Jäger shot, but your mom might not. It’s time to get smart about what you should and you should not do on Facebook while you’re partying it up in San Diego, Miami, or wherever you go for spring break.
An Atlanta-area middle school suspended two students and expelled a third who called their teacher a pedophile and rapist on their Facebook profiles.