Sharing personal images and videos among young people

From September to November 2009, the South West Grid for Learning undertook research in partnership with the Centre for Security, Communications and Networks Research, University of Plymouth, to better understand the ways young people from 11 to 18 use mobile and Internet technology to share files among friends. In particular the research focused upon the practice of “sexting” – the sharing of explicit images electronically. The research was conducted using an online survey, disseminated to schools across the South West of the UK, which aimed to inform understanding about image and video sharing among young people and contribute to improving measures for protecting individuals from the harm that can occur as a result of such practices. Surveying students from year 9 to year 13, 18 schools participated in the survey with 535 respondents.

Dr Andy Phippen