Facebook Triumphs Among Kiwi Teens

An online survey shows facebook social networking site is the favorite social networking sites for Kiwi teens but it also reveals they are very fickle.
In the national CensusAtSchool survey, 84% of the 1800 teenagers polled said they have a facebook page, compared to 33 % in the 2009 survey. But the early results also show how quickly once-popular sites can crash from favour. Just 27% of the 13 to 18-years old surveyed have a Bebo page and 7% a MySpace page.
"The numbers show how quickly social networking sites can go from hero to zero among teenagers". Says CensusAtSchool co-director Rachel Cunliffe. "Young people are early adopters and they are also fickle-they will go where their friends are going".
Cunliffe was surprised to see that hype about the rapid spread of the twitter short-messaging system isn't matched by usage and just 20% of the teenagers had a Twitter account.
The biannual educational project runs from may 02-june 10 and is supervised by more than 700 teachers. Students aged between 7 and 18 are answering 31 online questions about themself from their arm-span measurement to how they travel to school, and how many hours sleep they had the right before.
The 15-minute survey is available in English and Maori. It's hosted by the Department of Statistics at the University of Auckland in association the Ministry of Education.
This is the fifth time New Zealand has held CensusAtSchool, which is also run in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. "CensusAtSchool is about showing pupils the value of statistics in everyday life". Cunliffe said.
"Students and teachers will get data back that they will analyze together in the classroom, and that will provide even more learning opportunities".

Social networking guide source :tvnz