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Social Media, Digital Identity, and Student Learning Outcomes

Topics: Social Media, Student Experience, Student Affairs, Student Retention and Success, Career Services, Academic Support Programs, Academic Integrity and Student Conduct, Student Health and Wellness, Academic Planning, Academic Affairs

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Potential Code of Conduct Violations Multiply and Draw Media Attention

Despite its positive elements, social media presents many potential pitfalls. Institutions struggle to respond when students post harassing, threatening, or otherwise harmful comments on social networks. Some of these posts lead to significant media attention and student arrests, while others simply expose students to cruel and unsupportive environments.

Unfortunately, cruel online behavior is growing ubiquitous. Research suggests that nearly all teens have witnessed some form of cruelty online. Additionally, almost a fifth of teens report having participated in cruel or offensive behavior online. Anonymity, real or perceived, contributes to social network users’ willingness to post harmful content without fear of reprisal.

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Promoting Accountability and Awareness Online