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Self-Esteem and Use of the Internet among Young School-Age Children

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Author(s): Genevieve Marie Johnson

Journal: International Journal of Psychological Studies
ISSN 1918-7211

Volume: 3;
Issue: 2;
Date: 2011;
Original page

ABSTRACT
The literature suggests a relationship between technology use and self-esteem. Such research has failed toconsider young school-aged children and their use of the internet, particularly across contexts. Thirty-eightchildren 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 thatmeasured home, school and peer self-esteem. Instant messaging at school explained 21% of the differences inschool self-esteem. As children tended to report instant messaging at school, they also tended to report thehighest school-based self-esteem. Instant messaging at someone else’s house explained 11% of the differences inhome self-esteem. As children tended to report instant messaging at someone else’s house, they also tended toreport the lowest home self-esteem. Visiting websites at someone else’s house explained 10% of the differencesin peer self-esteem. As children tended to report visiting websites at someone else’s house, they also tended toreport the highest peer self-esteem. Internet use during the early school years is related to children’s sense of selfand mediated by context.

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