Understanding Children’s Use of Facebook: A Canadian Perspective

Chang-Kredl, S. and Kozak, S. 



Despite official prohibitions against the use of Facebook for children under the age of 13, it is clear that children are, in fact, habitual Facebook users. In this paper, we explore, from a teacher perspective, this growing phenomenon from a Canadian perspective, specifically in Quebec. We examine questionnaire responses from 57 elementary level teachers (in-service and pre-service) regarding their perspectives on children’s use of social media, and we conduct a  preliminary exploration of children’s Facebook practices through examining four case studies. Our purpose is to understand the significance of social media in the lives of children and their teachers. 


(Under review with the Journal of Media Literacy Education.)