Snapchat at school - 'Now you see it...'

A School of Education seminar presented on August 10th, 2016 by Jennifer Charteris, Sue Gregory, Yvonne Masters, Amanda Kennedy and Myf Maple

Snapchat is one of the most popular social media applications among Australian young people. Its global impact has growing rapidly in recent years. Reported is a mixed methods case study  located in New South Wales schools. An online survey was conducted with education practitioners to enquire into their experiences of Snapchat in their school settings. The researchers used survey responses and comments from follow up interviews to consider how networked affect is enacted through Snapchat. Networked affect can be seen as a visceral movement of emotion through the intra-action of social media and human bodies. Both corporeal affect and Snapchat have received increased attention by researchers over the last five years although little has been written to link the two. We highlight the importance of reading the affective social impact of Snapchat use among young people and the potential of looking beyond its abuses to the affordances of the application.