Researcher Observations:

Students share a range of reactions to this post. Many offer pep talks and words of encouragement around her very open cutting behaviour while others are angry at the spam and mean-spirited comments her followers are sharing. Only a couple groups of students were concerned about the size of her following although many wondered what she was doing to attract such a large audience and if she was “buying her following.”

  


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Researcher Observations:

Student comments are mostly positive. Our research participants liked the fun-loving, clean-living of these twins.  Even with blurred faces, many of the research participants were familiar with these twins. There were few reactions to the size of their following with most students saying they regularly see Instagram posters with large audiences. “They” wouldn’t want that many followers, but it’s not unusual to see million + posters.

 


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Researcher Observations:

Most students find his posts unremarkable and harmless although a few are concerned he’s over-sharing personal deets!

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Researcher Observations:

Our research participants were mixed in their assessment of this site. Many said these are classic “girl” photos.  Some were glowing in their praise of her brawn and beauty while others were concerned with her revealing photos, although many argue this is typical of what girls post today.


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Researcher Observations:

Our research participants found this male to be interesting and unique but also lacking in digital literacy and sound judgment around who might be viewing his posts.  They also don’t like seeing spammy comments. Participants suggested that with that many followers, you’re a success and don’t have the time or need to pay attention to the mean stuff. Most acknowledge that by a million followers these young people are verging on “celebrity” and they can ignore the “hate”.


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Researcher Observations:

Participants in our kidsmediacentre research questioned this teen’s decision to flagrantly advertise her use of weed.  They all acknowledge hashtags are the language of their generation, cool-speak, and a way to show you’re clever, but they worry her attention seeking clouds her better judgment


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Researcher Observations:

In our research exploratory groups, students debated the sincerity of this post. Many students suggested these girls should be able to share their sexuality in an open forum, others argued they were not genuinely LGBTQ but rather provocateurs - manipulative - in search of an audience, attention and likes.