Children, Risk and Safety on the Internet: Research and Policy Challenges in Comparative Perspective

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Sonia M. Livingstone, Leslie Haddon, Anke Gorzig
Policy Press, 2012 - Computers - 382 pages
As internet use is extending to younger children, there is an increasing need for research focus on the risks young users are experiencing, as well as the opportunities, and how they should cope. With expert contributions from diverse disciplines and a uniquely cross-national breadth, this timely book examines the prospect of enhanced opportunities for learning, creativity and communication set against the fear of cyberbullying, pornography and invaded privacy by both strangers and peers. Based on an impressive in-depth survey of 25,000 children carried out by the EU Kids Online network, it offers wholly new findings that extend previous research and counter both the optimistic and the pessimistic hype. It argues that, in the main, children are gaining the digital skills, coping strategies and social support they need to navigate this fast-changing terrain. But it also identifies the struggles they encounter, pinpointing those for whom harm can follow from risky online encounters. Each chapter presents new findings and analyses to inform both researchers and students in the social sciences and policy makers in government, industry or child welfare who are working to enhance children's digital experiences.
 

Contents

Theoretical framework for childrens internet use
1
the EU Kids Online project
15
3 Cognitive interviewing and responses to EU Kids Online survey questions
33
4 Which children are fully online?
45
5 Varieties of access and use
59
6 Online opportunities
73
7 Digital skills in the context of media literacy
87
privacy in social networking sites
99
childrens responses to online risks
205
a comparative overview
219
18 The effectiveness of parental mediation
231
19 Effectiveness of teachers and peers mediation in supporting opportunities and reducing risks online
245
the interplay between parental socialisation and childrens development
257
21 Similarities and differences across Europe
273
different users different risks different consequences?
285
23 Explaining vulnerability to risk and harm
297

a risky opportunity
113
a typology of user practices
127
11 Bullying
141
the exchange of sexual messages online among European youth
151
13 Pornography
165
14 Meeting new contacts online
177
15 Excessive internet use among European children
191
24 Relating online practices negative experiences and coping strategies
309
25 Towards a general model of determinants of risk and safety
323
now what?
339
Key variables used in EU Kids Online analyses
355
Index
369
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Sonia Livingstone directs the EU Kids Online network at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and has authored or edited 16 books on media, audiences, children and the internet. Leslie Haddon is a senior researcher in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics. Anke Görzig is Research Fellow in Social Statistics at the Anna Freud Centre/University College London and was Survey Research Office for EU Kids Online II.

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