The advent of social media technologies and the wide spread of their usage around the world has occurred in a comparatively short amount of time. However, few question have been asked about the way people negotiate different perceptions of risk and trust in social media technologies, particularly within the family. There are those who argue that the increased usage of social media can contribute to isolation and the breakdown of communities, and that this would lead to increased risks. It is suggested, however, that this risk can be counteracted through trust and the building of strong communities.
As part of my PhD, I am working with community centres, schools, and families, in order to better understand the impact of differential perceptions of risk and trust in social media. This website is one of many venues through which I hope to empower people to tell their stories and help families showcase their safe online practices.