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

Networked affect - cyber bullying, harassment and sexting


  • Jennifer Charteris
  • Sue Gregory
  • Yvonne Masters
  • Myfanwy Maple
  • Amanda Kennedy



Snapchat, affect theory, cyber bullying, harassment, sexting, social media, schools


Snapchat is one of the most popular social media applications among Australian young people. Its global impact has grown 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.






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