Graduate Student Dissertations, Theses, Capstones, and Portfolios

Date of Award


Document Type


Granting Institution

Lynn University

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EDD)

Degree Program

Educational Leadership


College of Education

First Advisor

Nancy Kline

Second Advisor

Jennifer J. Lesh

Third Advisor

Suzanne King


The purpose of this study is to determine how social media affects the behavior of elementary-aged children and how to apply the specific social-emotional learning (SEL) competencies students need to develop in order to have a successful online experience. There is a need for elementary-aged children to use social-emotional learning (SEL) competencies on social media.

The purpose of this mixed-methods sequential phase design study is to explore the parent perception of the relationship between social-emotional learning (SEL) and social media use in the behavior of elementary students. Through the use of questionnaires and a focus group, the researchers found themes that emerged from the data to understand the parent perception of the relationship between children utilizing SEL competencies and the influence of social media on their children. Some of the themes included: a lack of self-esteem, the importance of eating meals together, utilizing boundaries, and adults modeling appropriate online behavior.



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