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Munch Poke Ping

Munch, Poke, Ping (MPP) * is a project which explores how social media and mobile phone technology affects young people’s peer relationships, behaviour and identity and how they cope when there is conflict online. The project is run by e-safety and child advocate Stephen Carrick-Davies.

The project works directly with young people who are, or who feel, excluded and uses film-making to help ‘unlock’ and explore young people’s experience of growing up online.

All the films on this website have been devised and acted by young people who have been excluded from main-stream school and are taught in Pupil Referral Units. What is unique about this project is that through the intensive workshops and film-making we have been able to caputre the authentic voices of young people, and then contrast these views with those from the dedicated staff who we filmed sharing about how they deal with these issues in their professional practice.

The four themes which arose from the initial MPP research were around Identity, Relationships, Conflict and Coping.

The work was presented at the Munch Poke Ping conference 19/11/2012 


             WHO's THIS ?

The 'Who's this?' film was devised and acted by students from a PRU in Croydon and looks at the chaos caused by online impersonation and what the young people call 'Fraping'.  There is also a  Reflections Film  (below) which we made which shows how staff try to help students.  There is also a lesson plan and activity sheet which helps teachers explore the issues around identity theft.


"Our girls are particularly vulnerable on Facebook, Twitter and BBM,.. it's great that they have learnt a lot through this process."


              NICE PICS

The 'Nice Pics' film was devised and acted by students from a  PRU in Southwark, South London and describes the panic which can set in when someone's personal photographs are shared widely.

There is also a Reflections Film (below) about how we made this film with the students and how to help young people who have been the victim of sexting and humiliation.


"The long term solution is not to tell children a set of rules but when we put the learner in the position of the teacher...  then great things come about."



The 'Mature Eyes Only' film was devised by students from a PRU in Hammersmith and looks at the issued of playing adult rated games such as 'Call of Duty, and 'Saints Row.' The students made a stop-motion animation film which portrays a scene from one of these games and the accompanying Reflections Film (below) includes interviews from staff on how they help student handle anger and violence.


“If they (the students) are not informed, trusted and supported to make decisions for themselves... we are setting them up to fail”



The 'Alone Together' film was devised and acted by students from 3 PRUs in Ipswich and explores how young people cope when peers stalk them online and on BBM, who they feel they can turn to for support, and - in the absence of outside support - how they are there for each other.  The accompanying Reflections Film (below) explores the issue of empathy, resilience and peer support.


"There's such a gap between what we teachers know about mobile technology .... but the YP need guidance, so peer support is crucial "

* The title, ‘Munch, Poke, Ping’ refers to familiar tools and applications which young people use on social networking and smart phones. Echoing these terms, this project attempts to:

  • Munch: Just as screen-munching applications allow the users to capture the screen on their mobile, so this report attempts to provide an up-to-date ‘screen capture’ of the way vulnerable YP live online.
  • Poke: Just as a gentle ‘Poke’ on a social network helps draw attention, this report seeks to poke policy makers to respond positively to the challenges and opportunities of social media, and ensure those working with vulnerable YP are given training to equip those in their care.
  • Ping: Just as ‘pinging’ one-to-many on a mobile helps spread news, so this report seeks to start a wider debate about vulnerable YP online, how it can provide a wonderful platform for inclusion, but how it also opens real safeguarding issues for those already vulnerable offline.


A major article on MPP which appeared in the 'Special Children' magazine 2013

Key to the success of this project is the active involvement of an Advisory Board which is made up of experienced PRU staff, experts in social media, youth development and film making.  

The films and film making with YP in this project have been directed by Ruined City Films see

The MPP lesson plans and AUP toolkit (released later this year) have been written with the help of Katie Bacon who has extensive experience of using social media with excluded young people. See

This project has been generously supported by  The Nominet Trust