Children, Risk and Safety on the Internet: Research and policy challenges in comparative perspective

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With increasingly younger children using the Internet on their own, there is a growing need for research that examines both the risks and opportunities young children face on the web. Such information is critical for determining the ways in which children can navigate this wonderful—and dangerous— world. With expert contributions from a diverse range of disciplines and a cross-national breadth, Children, Risk and Safety on the Internet examines the many online opportunities children have for learning, creativity,...

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Overview

With increasingly younger children using the Internet on their own, there is a growing need for research that examines both the risks and opportunities young children face on the web. Such information is critical for determining the ways in which children can navigate this wonderful—and dangerous— world. With expert contributions from a diverse range of disciplines and a cross-national breadth, Children, Risk and Safety on the Internet examines the many online opportunities children have for learning, creativity, and communication and how they can safely access them amid the dangers of cyberbullying, pornography, and privacy invasion.

 

Based on an impressive, in-depth survey of twenty-five thousand children carried out by the EU Kids Online network, this book presents wholly new findings that offer important counters to both the optimistic and pessimistic arguments surrounding child safety on the Internet. It finds compelling evidence that children are gaining important digital skills as well as strong strategies and social support for dealing with the Internet’s fast-changing terrain. At the same time, it identifies the many struggles children face, pinpointing important areas where harm can follow from risky online encounters. With a simultaneous breadth and depth of evidence and analysis, Children, Risk and Safety on the Internet provides comprehensive and important information for anyone interested in safe and positive digital experiences for our youth.

 

Sonia Livingstone directs the EU Kids online network at the London School of Economics where Leslie Haddon is a senior researcher in the Department of Media and Communications. Together they are coauthors of Kids Online, also published by the Policy Press. 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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Editorial Reviews

David Finkelhor

“The EU Kids Online project is the most theoretically informed and methodologically sophisticated study we have on the issue of risks in the new electronic environment. This book is rich in details and insights that greatly advance our understanding.”
LSE Review of Books

“Children, Risk and Safety on the Internet provides sound data that policy-makers, educators, and parents can use to make judgments around children and the internet and will be a valuable asset for those seeking an informed understanding of online risks.” 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847428820
  • Publisher: Policy Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sonia Livingstone directs the EU Kids online network at the London School of Economics. 

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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Table of Contents

List of tables and figures vii

Acknowledgements xiii

Notes on contributors xv

1 Theoretical framework for children's internet use Sonia Livingstone Leslie Haddon 1

2 Methodological framework: the EU Kids Online project Anke Görzig 15

3 Cognitive interviewing and responses to EU Kids Online survey questions Christine Ogan Türkan Karakus Engin Kursun Kürsat Çagiltay Duygu Kasikçi 33

4 Which children are fully online? Ellen Helsper 45

5 Varieties of access and use Giovanna Maschernoni Maria Francesca Murru Anke Görzig 59

6 Online opportunities Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt Pille Runnel 73

7 Digital skills in the context of media literacy Nathalie Sinck Els Kuiper Jos de Haan 87

8 Between public and private: privacy in social networking sites Reijo Kupiainen Annikka Suoninen Kaarina Nikunen 99

9 Experimenting with the self online: a risky opportunity Lucyna Kirwil Yiannis Laouris 113

10 Young Europeans' online environments: a typology of user practices Uwe Hasebrink 127

11 Bullying Claudia Lampert Verónica Donoso 141

12 'Sexting': the exchange of sexual messages online among European youth Sonia Livingstone Anke Görzig 151

13 Pornography Antonis Rovolis Liza Tsaliki 165

14 Meeting new contacts online Monica Barbovschi Valentina Marinescu Anca Velicu Eva Laszlo 177

15 Excessive internet use among European children David Šmahel Lukáš Blinka 191

16 Coping and resilience: children's responses to online risks Sofie Vandoninck Leen d'Haenens Katia Segers 205

17 Agents of mediation and sources of safety awareness: a comparative overview Dominique Pasquier José Alberto Simões Elodie Kredens 219

18 The effectiveness of parental mediation Maialen Garmendia Carmelo Garitaonandia Gemma Martínez Miguel Ángel Casado 231

19 Effectiveness of teachers' and peers' mediation in supporting opportunities and reducing risks online Veronika Kalmus Cecilia von Feilitzen Andra Siibak 245

20 Understanding digital inequality: the interplay between parental socialisation and children's development Ingrid Paus-Hasebrink Cristina Ponte Andrea Dürager Joke Bauwens 257

21 Similarities and differences across Europe Bojana Lobe Kjartan Ólafsson 273

22 Mobile access: different users, different risks, different consequences? Gitte Stald Kjartan Ólafsson 285

23 Explaining vulnerability to risk and harm Alfredas Laurinaviccius Rita Zukauskiene Laura Ustinaviciute 297

24 Relating online practices, negative experiences and coping strategies Bence Ságvári Anna Galácz 309

25 Towards a general model of determinants of risk and safety Sonia Livingstone Uwe Hasebrink Anke Görzig 323

26 Policy implications and recommendations: now what? Brian O'Neill Elisabeth Staksrud 339

Appendix: Key variables used in EU Kids Online analyses 355

Index 369

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