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Journal of Technology Studies, v31 n2 p70-80 Spr 2005

If the current trend continues, the use of computer technologies and the Internet will increase for teaching and education. It is urgent that researchers study computer and Internet deviance. The purpose of this study was to explore middle and high school students' perceptions of deviant behavior when using computers and the Internet. The target population for this study was middle and high school students. The accessible population included all students who attended a middle or high school in the East Baton Rouge Parish School, which has computers that are capable of accessing the Internet (1,150 students--575 middle school students and 575 high school students). Professor San-Yi Li of Taiwan designed the instrument used in this study. This instrument contained 66 questions and a scantron was used to record participants' responses. From the instrument, variables were selected from five sections--1) students demographic characteristics 2) computer-related activities 3) students perceptions of deviant behavior when using computers and the Internet 4) students perception of their peers deviant behavior when using computers and the Internet 5) students ability to use computers and the Internet. Results showed that the majority of students indicated they perceive their behavior as being not deviant when using computers and the Internet. Contrarily, the students indicated they perceive the behavior of their peers to be more deviant when using computers and the Internet. When the means of the Students Behavior Score and the Peers Behavior Score were compared, there was a significant different between the two scores. The Peers Behavior Score for deviance was much higher than the Students Behavior Score. (Contains 1 table.)

Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Internet, Secondary School Students, Student Behavior, Use Studies, Computer Uses in Education, Computer Attitudes, Influence of Technology, Student Surveys

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Author: Daniel, Annie J.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=6009&id=EJ848440



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