Got 30 seconds? Here’s a short version of our extensive look at the social media habits of teenagers and high school student-athletes. Reporters Mike Zacchio and Mike Dougherty produced the package.
Get up to speed
Five years ago, The Journal News/lohud examined the pros and cons of social media use among high school student-athletes. As technology has evolved and trends have changed, we decided to take a look at where teens are online now and how they are using the plethora of social media applications at their disposal.
Our reporting found that students have gotten smarter about what they post online and have learned from the missteps of prominent athletes. We also uncovered that, with social media becoming such an integral part of teenagers’ lives, parents and educators are noticing today’s youth disconnecting from real-life interactions.
Three things to know
SMARTER, BUT SNEAKIER: High school student-athletes have become more mature with the content they post online, but are using other methods to share sensitive material with their friends. They’ve become savvier about which platforms to use and how to stay one step ahead of coaches and educators.
YOUNGER KIDS AT RISK: Most high schools throughout the Lower Hudson Valley have hosted workshops and presentations on social media use to better educate their students, but experts are now seeing “horrors” — sexting scandals and racially insensitive content — more frequently at the middle school level.
BY THE NUMBERS: Ninety-five percent of teenagers surveyed by the Pew Research Center have access to a smartphone and 59 percent of students indicated that they’ve experienced some form of cyberbullying. Instagram and Snapchat have grown to become the go-to apps for teens, while Facebook and Twitter are no longer as popular because that’s where parents and teachers post.
In their words
“Kids are kids. They’re gonna do stupid things. You don’t have to tell the whole world that you did it.” – Ossining girls basketball head coach Dan Ricci
SOCIAL MEDIA: The current generation of student-athletes is savvy and sneaky
SOCIAL PLATFORMS: YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat rule, but here comes TikTok
BLIND BROOK: School officials investigating racially insensitive Facebook event
SOCIAL MEDIA: Campaign launched to fight County Center move
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