How platforms built for kids are allowing them to have a political voice

How platforms built for kids are allowing them to have a political voice

2017 was the year of the “youthquake”. Millennials and Gen-Zers were dismissed as too busy taking selfies and eating avocados to vote; but the UK general election saw the 18-24 year old turnout reach a 25-year high. In fact, there’s been a noticeable trend of increasing youth political participation; from the 2014 Scottish Independence referendum where 75% of 16-17 year olds turned out, to Virginia’s 2017 gubernatorial election where young people voted in historic numbers.

What’s this got to do with kids’ social platforms? Hear me out.

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Emojis, safety tips and 100s of kids: the PopJam UK roadshow

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Last week (UK half term), our PopJam team hit the road to meet hundreds of kids and their families. First up was Kidtropolis in London, a fun-packed family event featuring a plethora of activities and entertainment from kids’ favourite brands and personalities. Later in the week, the journey continued to the Digital Kids Show in Manchester, a separate event focussed on pure digital education, gaming and featuring some very special YouTuber guests. 

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How much do kids (and teachers) really know about social media and advertising?

Kids and teens today have been familiar with digital media and advertising from a very young age. With technology at their fingertips, the need for our youngest generation to understand what exactly is being suggested, promised and sold is greater than ever. Media Smart, a media literacy programme for 7 to 16 year-olds, backed by a panel of industry experts and a range of supporters (including us), aims to fulfil this need by providing free resources to help young people think critically about the advertising they come across in their day-to-day lives. They called on us to help them in their mission.

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