Investigation of social media presence of early childhood educators

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Approval Date: 2019

Student: Nafia Kübra Karakaya

Supervisor: VOLKAN ŞAHİN


The aim of this study is to examine social media usage of early childhood educators. A qualitative research is conducted in order to get opinions of early childhood educators on their personal and professional usage of the social media.In addition, participants’ opinions on responsible social media usage are gathered.The study was conducted during the 2018-2019 academic year with 25 early childhood educators who are working in Yenimahalle and Keçiören districts of Ankara. Questions of semi-structured interviews are prepared by taking opinions from five experts who are academicians in the field of Early Childhood Education. In addition, a pilot study is conducted with three early childhood educators. The findings of the study showed that all of the participants use at least one social media platform. Most of the participants have positive attitudes towards social media. They use several social media platforms, and they find social media necessary and beneficial in both personal and professional life. In their professional life, participants use social media in preparing activities for daily program, parent involvement, and using social media as an educational tool.Moreover, most of the participants do not hesitate to be ‘friend’ with their colleagues because they see their colleagues as real friend. However, they generally do not be friends with the parents of the children on social media because of professional reasons. The results of the study showed that responsible social media usage means privacy, time management and ethical issues for participants of the study.