"Modeling Media Use: How Parents’ and Other Adults’ Posting Behaviors Relate to Young Adolescents’ Posting Behaviors"
Reich is a community psychologist studying contexts that support children’s development. Her research focuses on children’s direct and technologically mediated interactions with family, peers, and educational settings. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Society for Community Research and Action. Reich is director of UCI's Development in Social Context Lab (DISC) and associate dean of UCI’s Graduate Program.
Starks’ research interests include the intersection of child development and digital technologies, partnerships between schools and families, patterns of media use among different populations, and digital learning. She is a former teacher and technology integrator in K-12 public schools, with experience in project-based learning, creating comprehensive digital citizenship programs at the district level, and facilitating family-school partnerships around technology. Her past research includes adolescent digital privacy practices across contexts and equitable technology-enabled learning within special education. She is particularly interested in bringing a developmental lens to technology integration practices, across family, school, and child level interactions.
Middle school is a period when young adolescents become more engaged with social media and adults become increasingly concerned about such use. Although research finds that parents often post about their children on social media, little is known about how adults’ social media behaviors relate to youths’ online behaviors. We surveyed 466 middle-school students about their social media habits, privacy-respecting behaviors, and their parents’, other adults’, and their own posting behaviors on social media. While 68% used social media, only 41% posted pictures. Of those, 33.5% also had parents and/or adults that posted about them. Using this subset, we found that adults’ privacy-respecting behaviors (e.g., asking permission to post, showing post first) were significantly related to youth using these same privacy-respecting behaviors when posting on social media. Like many areas of development, young adolescents may learn about social media use by modeling their parents’ and other adults’ behaviors.