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This study was designed to investigate the influence of parenting styles on children’s/wards’ use of social media at Oritamefa Baptist Model School (OBMS), Ibadan, Nigeria. The study adopted the ex-post facto research design, questionnaire was the main instrument of data collection. Two hundred and sixty-eight copies of a questionnaire were administered, out of which 240 copies were retrieved and found valid for analysis, constituting 89.5% response rate. Percentages, mean, and standard deviation were used to analyse research questions while Pearson Product Moment correlation at 0.05 level of significance was used to test the hypothesis. Findings revealed that the frequency of use of social media platforms such as Badoo, Snapchat, Tumblr, WeChat, Flickr was very low and are almost never used by students compared to WhatsApp, Facebook and Youtube. Students used WhatsApp and YouTube daily, weekly and monthly while Badoo, Snapchat, Tumblr, Wechat, Flicker were never used. The majority of students used social media for chatting with friends, keeping themselves company, downloading music and watching films while only few of them used it for educational purposes. The study was anchored on Baumrind’s 1967 parenting typology namely - Authoritarian, Authoritative and Permissive. The parenting style mostly used was the authoritative style which was found not to influence children’s/wards’ use of social media (r=.100). The study concluded that parenting style does not predict the use of social media by the students of OBMS suggesting that there are no significant relationships between parenting styles of parents and use of social media by the students.



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