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”Hela sociala livet ligger där nere i väskan och blippar” - En kvalitativ studie om skolkuratorers resonemang kring barn och ungas internetanvändning

Larsson, Nicolina LU and Hansson, Malin LU (2017) SOPA63 20171
School of Social Work
Abstract
Internet is a natural part of many people’s life, including children and youths. The aim of this thesis is to look into how school counselors reason regarding how children and youth uses the Internet and how they reason around their own work in relation to this. Through semi structured interviews, we spoke to eight school counselors working with different grades. To analyse our data we used the theory of social construction combined with the term identity and Goffman dramaturgical analysis. The results show that Internet is understood as a place to gain social contacts but the school counselors also pointed out that Internet was time consuming and affected the pupils sleep habits negatively. Some of the school counselors emphasised that... (More)
Internet is a natural part of many people’s life, including children and youths. The aim of this thesis is to look into how school counselors reason regarding how children and youth uses the Internet and how they reason around their own work in relation to this. Through semi structured interviews, we spoke to eight school counselors working with different grades. To analyse our data we used the theory of social construction combined with the term identity and Goffman dramaturgical analysis. The results show that Internet is understood as a place to gain social contacts but the school counselors also pointed out that Internet was time consuming and affected the pupils sleep habits negatively. Some of the school counselors emphasised that the pupils could find role models and friends they could identify with on the Internet. On the other hand, they lifted that Internet pages with negative contents could affect the pupils identity negatively if they overidentified with this. It was also found that the pupils compared themselves to others on the Internet and that it was important how their personal front was displayed. Another result is that some school counselors could see a connection between Internet use and gender, while some did not see this connection. One challenge that the school counselors experienced was difficulties to gain knowledge of what activities the pupils were engaged with on the Internet. The school counselors experienced that the pupils found their own arenas on the Internet away from adults, which could be explained by Goffmans term back stage. The school counselors also experienced a discrepancy concerning the meaning of Internet’s importance in comparison with the pupils. This could be explained through the fact that the pupils grew up in a society where the Internet had already been internalized. (Less)
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Larsson, Nicolina LU and Hansson, Malin LU
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SOPA63 20171
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Internet, children, youth, social media, social work, school counselors, identity, generations
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Swedish
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8910971
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2017-06-07 11:01:56
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  abstract     = {Internet is a natural part of many people’s life, including children and youths. The aim of this thesis is to look into how school counselors reason regarding how children and youth uses the Internet and how they reason around their own work in relation to this. Through semi structured interviews, we spoke to eight school counselors working with different grades. To analyse our data we used the theory of social construction combined with the term identity and Goffman dramaturgical analysis. The results show that Internet is understood as a place to gain social contacts but the school counselors also pointed out that Internet was time consuming and affected the pupils sleep habits negatively. Some of the school counselors emphasised that the pupils could find role models and friends they could identify with on the Internet. On the other hand, they lifted that Internet pages with negative contents could affect the pupils identity negatively if they overidentified with this. It was also found that the pupils compared themselves to others on the Internet and that it was important how their personal front was displayed. Another result is that some school counselors could see a connection between Internet use and gender, while some did not see this connection. One challenge that the school counselors experienced was difficulties to gain knowledge of what activities the pupils were engaged with on the Internet. The school counselors experienced that the pupils found their own arenas on the Internet away from adults, which could be explained by Goffmans term back stage. The school counselors also experienced a discrepancy concerning the meaning of Internet’s importance in comparison with the pupils. This could be explained through the fact that the pupils grew up in a society where the Internet had already been internalized.},
  author       = {Larsson, Nicolina and Hansson, Malin},
  keyword      = {Internet,children,youth,social media,social work,school counselors,identity,generations},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {”Hela sociala livet ligger där nere i väskan och blippar” - En kvalitativ studie om skolkuratorers resonemang kring barn och ungas internetanvändning},
  year         = {2017},
}