MediaSmarts: Canadian teens and sharing photos

April 19, 2017 at 1:30 pm Leave a comment

Mediasmarts has released a new 44-page report titled  To Share or Not to Share: How Teens Make Privacy Decisions about Photos on Social Media. [pdf]. Note that this report was based on interviews with 18 (only) youths.

Here are some selected out-takes from the release/announcement titled How Do Canadian Teens Make Decisions When Sharing Photos?

“The most common motivation the teens gave for sharing photos online was to build and maintain a consciously crafted image. They often spoke of being aware that the audiences they reached through different apps would judge them, and of the need to choose and, in some cases, edit their photos to fit into what was acceptable and desirable on each platform”

“As opposed to simply ‘not posting’, most of these teens’ efforts are aimed at controlling who sees particular photos and preventing them from being spread to unintended audiences. The main tool that they use to ensure that only desired audiences see particular photos is selecting which platform and account to post them on” (like Snapchat)”

“They have little awareness of the ways that the corporate owners of their favourite platforms make use of their photos and other data, these teens have a strong sense that their photos are – or ought to be – their property, and that those corporations should seek their consent in the same way they expect of their peers.”

These findings help to show us the way forward in educating youth about the ways in which they participate in the information economy, and about their rights as digital citizens:

  1. Digital literacy education.
  2. Digital citizenship education
  3. Consumer awareness education

For more information and details, check out the report and news release. There is lots more there.  Rowan

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