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I completed a BSc(Hons first class) in Psychology at the University of Stirling, UK, before going on to complete a PhD in Community Psychology, also at the University of Stirling. I have since been engaged in qualitative research involving: young people, social exclusion and mental health. In 2010 I joined the School of Psychology at Charles Sturt University. I teach qualitative methods and critical community psychology. I am Editor of the Australian Community Psychologist.
Social networking site (SNS) usage has become ubiquitous in the daily lives of teenage girls. The pervasiveness of SNS activity comes at a period where peer conformity and identity development are at their peak. The aim of the research is to help teenage girls, parents and educators make good decisions online and in education policy, understanding the implications of online behaviour.