Prof Sarah Pedersen
Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram, blogs, frape, cyber-bullying, sexting, porn… Over the past decade, the social life of teens has moved online. Their lives have been revolutionised by easy access to social media tools 24/7. They never have to be out of contact with friends or family, can share information easily and there is always someone online waiting to chat. Sarah Pedersen is Professor of Communication and Media at RGU. Her research and teaching focus on the use of social media in Britain today, including Twitter, Facebook, blogs and online discussion sites. Her presentation will offer an introduction to social media, outline some of the challenges and opportunities for teens offered by social media and discuss how they can stay safe.