Self-Esteem and Use of the Internet Among Young School-Age Children
MetadataShow full item record
The literature suggests a relationship between technology use and self-esteem. Such research has failed to consider young school-aged children and their use of the internet, particularly across contexts. Thirty-eight children aged 6 to 8 years rated the level and nature of their internet use (email, instant message, play games, visit websites) at home, school and in the community (i.e., at someone else’s house). They also rated items that measured home, school and peer self-esteem. Instant messaging at school explained 21% of the differences in school self-esteem. As children tended to report instant messaging at school, they also tended to report the highest school-based self-esteem. Instant messaging at someone else’s house explained 11% of the differences in home self-esteem. As children tended to report instant messaging at someone else’s house, they also tended to report the lowest home self-esteem. Visiting websites at someone else’s house explained 10% of the differences in peer self-esteem. As children tended to report visiting websites at someone else’s house, they also tended to report the highest peer self-esteem. Internet use during the early school years is related to children’s sense of self and mediated by context.
This article is published under the Open Access publishing model and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Please refer to the licence to obtain terms for any further reuse or distribution of this work.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Johnson, Genevieve; Cavanagh, Rob (2012)Measuring children’s use of emerging technologies is prerequisite to determining the effect of such use on children’s health, development and learning. The Ecological Techno-Microsystem provides a theoretical foundation ...
Johnson, Genevieve (2011)Widespread adoption of the Internet during the past two decades has produced the first generation of digital natives. Ninety-five children (M age = 10.4 years) completed a questionnaire that measured three clusters of ...
Poller, Marianne (2008)Eating disorders are complex, multidimensional disorders characterised by clinically significant disturbances in body image and eating behaviours. There is a small but growing body of literature establishing efficacious ...