Media and Social Media for Security and Reducing Crime: Saudi Secondary School Students’ Perspectives

  • Ahmed Al Hariri Professor of Mental Health, Department of Psychology, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia
Keywords: Media, Social Media, Security, Crime.


This exploratory study aimed to investigate the role of media and social media on security and reducing crime. Mixed-methods approach with two sequential phases, a qualitative stage followed by quantitative phase, was adopted. Semi-structured interviews and then structured questionnaires were used to collect data from Saudi secondary school students – the first phase included 15 students and the second phase included 390 students. Results showed that there were five factors related to security and reducing of crime. The role of using social media in media security presented the highest figure (M = 2.55 out of 3; SD = .80). Even though the role of media in implementing security in its comprehensive concept showed the lowest figure (M = 2.24 out of 3; SD = .71), it is still a high average. This stressed the importance of media and social media in reducing crime and increasing security among Saudi youth.



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