Social media and mobile devices

Social media is the term for online systems based on user-generated content. This includes social networking sites, weblogs and microblogs, social bookmarking sites, and services for sharing media such as photos, videos and audio.

We have grouped social media and mobile devices together as the two are increasingly used together. There are many kinds of mobile digital devices, that can access the internet. Currently, the most common examples are smartphones and tablet computers.

Most social media and mobile devices are designed to be easy to use, and require no specialist skills. There are still technical issues to consider:

  • which platform will be most suitable for your purposes
  • what privacy features are available
  • and compatibility between types of software and hardware

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“It could be that the software you want children to evaluate isn’t available in school because of the school’s child protection firewalls – so there are all kinds of practical issues there.”
Judy Robertson, Heriot Watt University