Following the huge success of Safer Internet Day across our platform in 2016, we were pleased to support this great cause for the second year in a row. Safer Internet Day 2017 (#SID2017), which took place on Wednesday 7th Feb, called on communities to ‘Be the change and unite for a better internet today’ – this couldn’t be a better fit for SuperAwesome and the work we do.
To say that 2016 was a memorable year for the majority of the adult world may be an understatement. Many breathed a sigh of relief as this new year began – but how much did the apocalyptic media coverage of 2016 really affect centennials? We spoke to over 800 8-18 year olds from the US and the UK, to find out what stood out to them from the last year – and whether it was really that bad after all.
The need for a dedicated social platform to safely engage with under-13s in a creative, interactive and responsible way (versus a 13+ environment like Snapchat, Facebook etc) has been a major issue for too long. Today we’re fixing that by rolling out the first phase of PopJam PLATFORM>, a safe-social, COPPA-compliant layer for developers and publishers.
In the lead up to this highly anticipated holiday season, flurries of festive content are appearing all over the kids’ media landscape. One of the earliest signs of this came from a – perhaps unlikely – combination of snow, dinosaurs, and crumpets, united to form one of the latest holiday-themed kids’ novels: The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher.
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.
Despite almost exponential growth in kids who have Internet access, Silicon Valley has mostly designed products with the assumption that nobody under 13 actually exists. So how do content owners responsibly engage with kids without directing a 9yr-old to a Facebook page?
NEWSFLASH: 1) PopJam smashed through the 1 million user level last week, now reaching over 30% of 8-12 kids in the UK. 2) PopJam isn’t just about awesome kids brands anymore. Read on to find out how it has become the default safe-social channel for YouTubers to engage with their under-13 audiences.