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This study was designed to examine librarian perception on the Influence of Social Networking on the Behaviour of Secondary School Students in Benue State. The research design is descriptive survey. The Population of the study includes all the students in some selected secondary schools in the three LGAs of Benue state that were randomly selected. The population of students in some selected secondary schools in Logo L.G. A is 10,000, while the population of students in some selected secondary schools in Gboko LG.A. is 15,000 and the population of students in some selected secondary schools in Otokpo LG.A. 8,000 making 33,000.The instruments for data collection is the questionnaire with 20 items. This is structured under four likert scale of strongly agree (SA), Agree (A), Disagree (D) and strongly Disagree. The paper. Data was collected and analysed using mean and Standard Deviation (SD) for research questions. Acceptance point for the items was mean of 2.50. Recommended that There is the need for all stakeholders: Parents, Guardians, Teachers and the government through the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) and the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to embark on programmes of sensitization that can enable the secondary school students to better understand a more positive and beneficial usage of social media. Such sensitization should also help them to see the need to engage in social media sites that are empowering in the areas of academics and personal knowledge. This will help the youths to avoid wastages in terms of time and money on irrelevant things on social media. Parents and Guardians should sustain constant monitoring of the activities their children are engaged in on social media so as to minimize the risks posed by social media. The government through its security agencies needs to constantly check social media sites to ensure that the right materials are posted which will enhance the fundamental wellbeing of the secondary school students and curb insecurity. Youths should be encouraged to appreciate the need for face to face interaction through sensitization on the gains of face to face interaction and also creating social events that constantly bring them together among others.