Tips for Parents
Social Networking, At It Again
According to the researchers at Northwestern University (IL), students — and parents — might want to think twice about blaming Facebook for plummeting grades. In fact, the researchers found that the use of social networking sites “has virtually no effect on academic performance when compared with other variables like gender, ethnic background or parental education” (Switched.com, 7/16/10).
It is certainly true that Facebook can distract students from studying or completing projects, but the researchers believe that the positive effects of being on Facebook may actually outweigh the negatives. "The positive relationship between web-use skills and GPA may illustrate that students who have better online skills can draw on their Internet savvy to aid in their schoolwork," the researchers said.
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