General Article Youth perspectives on expiring content

Topic Selected: Internet Book Volume: 371

An extract from a report from Childnet, a partner in the UK Safer Internet Centre, into children’s use and experiences of expiring content.

Expiring content is a key part of many young people’s lives. From Snapchat to Instagram stories, expiring content is a way of messaging and sharing photos that many young people use every day. Expiring - or ephemeral - content includes posts, messages and photos that disappear after they have been viewed, or that are only available for a certain amount of time. Children and young people are growing up in a digital world where services such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat all have features which allow users to post things that will eventually expire.

This  snapshot into how children and young people are using such technology is taken from a poll conducted in February 2019 with over 1,000 young people aged 8-17 in the UK. We also asked the Childnet Digital Leaders to give their thoughts and experiences

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