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Type Journal Article - International Journal of scientific research and management
Title Social Media and Teenage Pregnancy among Students In Secondary Schools In Imenti North Sub-County, Meru County, Kenya
Volume 4
Issue 9
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2016
Page numbers 4586-4606
URL http://www.ijsrm.in/v4-i9/18 ijsrm.pdf
Teenage pregnancies and the eventual dropping out of school has been and still is a major problem bedeviling
theeducation sector in many parts of developing countries. This study investigated the influence social media on
teenagepregnancies among public secondary school students in Imenti North Sub County. The study is hinged on
twotheories; Social learning theory and social cognitive theory. The study is further supported by the media
practicemodel. Descriptive survey research design guided the study. Target population constituted of 5,496, form
three andfour students, 300 teachers and 9 education officers. A sample size of 359 participants was used and
respondentspicked through Stratified and Simple random sampling. Two questionnaires and an interview guide were
used tocollect data. Quantitative data was analyzed using descriptive statistics while qualitative data was reported in
form ofnarratives based on the themes of investigation. The study established that access to social networking sites
bystudents was high with much focus on sexually explicit music, sex images, videos, sex texting and student
sexsolicitation on line and there was limited use directed to academic information. The study therefore concluded
thatsocial media contributed to teenage pregnancy among secondary school students in in Imenti North Sub County.
Thestudy recommends that the school administration puts in place guidelines and regulations on usage of media
withinthe schools. Additionally teachers should encourage students to use media for purpose of soliciting
informationrelevant to education especially when in school.

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