How Social Networking Sites Are Impacting The Grades Of College Students

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How Social Networking Sites Are Impacting The Grades Of College Students

October 19, 2010 Updated Oct 19, 2010 at 6:48 PM CDT

(Duluth, -Northland's NewsCenter) Is Facebook today's weapon of mass distraction?

A new study says that college students who are on Facebook while studying or doing homework wind up getting 20 percent lower grades than students who don't log on while studying.

When grades are not good, what's a parent to do?

Barbara Reyelts has more in this connect with kids report.

When Kendle gets home, she admits it's easy for distractions to get in the way of her studies.

"The phone, the phone this, the phone that, the computer, e-mail and tv all that good stuff."

But after spending some time listening to some of her favorite music, Kendle usually goes downstairs and hears a familiar tune from her mother.

"Kendle, is your homework done?"

Kendle's mom responded strongly when her daughter's grades started to drop.

"At times we thought we were too much into her face, OK, Kendle, the minute she walked into the door, alright, what do you have for homework, what's this and what do you got and what assignments."

That kind of pressure from a parent may spur some children on, but it can also backfire.

"If you've got a stubborn junior high kid and you push 'em too hard, they will go in the tank."

"There are times when I just say, 'well, you made me mad, I'm not gonna do it anymore just you know, to make you mad.' "

Some experts say the problem with constant parental pushing is that it gives children little opportunity to develop their own motivation.

Students should be encouraged to push themselves.

For parents that may mean taking it easy when kids come home with low grades.

"Personally I kind of like the idea of scratching your head and going 'gosh, that isn't too good, what happened? Do you think you got it figured out what happened? What would you do about it differently, do you think you can fix this, do you need any help? And just take it easy, don't jump up and down and start screaming because teenagers are rebellious and they'll fight you on this stuff."