Project Director

Cooley, Morgan E.

Department Examiner

Doolittle, Amy L.; Scott, Cathy B.

Department

Dept. of Social Work

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

The Internet is a vast database filled with education, fun, and danger. Parents have a difficult time protecting their children against the dangers they can face on the Internet (e.g., cyberbullying, sexual victimization, addiction, unwanted pornography). This study’s purpose was to better understand how parents perceived the Internet and also see how they understand the effects on their children’s behaviors. The study was an online social media survey and had both quantitative and qualitative aspects. This study included 28 parents of children eight and older in the school system. Participant’s responses were examined using measures of central tendency and grounded theory analysis. The study had three main themes: caregiver’s experiences, perceived level of safety and how parents maintain that level, and community resource and support needs. These findings were discussed and compared to past research. Recommendations for future research studies, policy use, and implementations for social work practice are described are discussed.

IRB Number

17-011

Degree

B. S.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Science.

Date

5-2017

Subject

Internet and children; Information technology -- Moral and ethical aspects

Keyword

Parents perceptions; Internet experiences; Negative effects of Internet usage; Negative attitudes towards the Internet; Positive attitudes towards the Internet

Discipline

Social Work

Document Type

Theses

Extent

v, 33 leaves

Language

English

Rights

Under copyright.

License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

Date Available

5-6-2017

Included in

Social Work Commons

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