The young people involved in this research were vocal about their enjoyment of the online spaces they inhabit. In particular, they highlighted opportunities for fun, communication, self-expression, and autonomy.
“It’s fun and it can keep you entertained forever when you’ve finished doing your homework.” – Boy, 14
However, it was also evident that young people are facing significant risks on the apps, sites and games they are using. These risks include interaction with strangers, violence and hatred, sexual content and bullying.
“Lots of adults are sexual through their characters, e.g. talking about sex, and also drugs. This can be true even if they know you’re very young. I had a few dodgy experiences and you never know when this could carry over into offline life.” – Girl, 18