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Children, risk and safety on the internet
Research and policy challenges in comparative perspective

Sonia Livingstone, Leslie Haddon, Anke Görzig
Paperback, 408 pages, 234 x 156 mm
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18 Jul 2012


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'Children, Risk and Safety on the Internet provides sound data that policy-makers, educators and parents can use to make judgements around children and the internet and will be a valuable asset for those seeking an informed understanding of online risks.' - LSE Review of Books
"A treasure trove of new analysis of the data from an already impressive research study. A must for the bookshelves of students and policy makers alike."
Amanda Lenhart, Pew Research Center
"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."
David Finkelhor, Crimes against Children Research Center, University of New Hampshire

About This Book

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.

Author Biography

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 LSE. He has written extensively about information and communication technologies. Anke Görzig is Research Fellow in Social Statistics at the Anna Freud Centre/University College London and was the Survey Research Officer for EU Kids Online II.


Theoretical framework for children's internet use ~ Sonia Livingstone and Leslie Haddon
Methodological framework: the EU Kids Online project ~ Anke Görzig
Cognitive interviewing and responses to EU Kids Online survey questions ~ Christine Ogan, Turkan Karakus, Engin Kursun, Kursat Cagiltay and Duygu Kasikci
Which children are fully online? ~ Ellen Helsper
Varieties of access and use ~ Giovanna Mascheroni, Maria Francesca Murru and Anke Görzig
Online opportunities ~ Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt and Pille Runnel
Digital skills in the context of media literacy ~ Nathalie Sonck, Els Kuiper and Jos de Haan
Between public and private: Privacy in social networking sites ~ Reijo Kupiainen, Annikka Suoninen and Kaarina Nikunen
Experimenting with the Self: A Risky Opportunity ~ Lucyna Kirwil and Yiannis Laouris
Young Europeans' online environments: a typology of user practices ~ Uwe Hasebrink
Bullying ~ Claudia Lampert and Verónica Donoso
'Sexting' - the exchange of sexual messages online among European youth ~ Sonia Livingstone and Anke Görzig
Pornography ~ Antonis Rovolis and Liza Tsaliki
Meeting new contacts online ~ Monica Barbovschi, Valentina Marinescu, Anca Velicu and Eva Laszlo
Excessive Internet Use among European Children ~ David Smahel and Lukas Blinka
Coping and resilience: children's responses to online risks ~ Sofie Vandoninck, Leen d'Haenens, Katia Segers
Agents of mediation and sources of safety awareness: a comparative overview ~ Dominique Pasquier, José
Alberto Simões, Elodie Kredens
The Effectiveness of Parental Mediation ~ Maialen Garmendia, Carmelo Garitaonandia, Gemma Martínez, Miguel Ángel Casado
Effectiveness of teachers' and peer's mediation in supporting opportunities and reducing risks online ~ Veronika Kalmus, Cecilia von Feilitzen and Andra Siibak
Understanding digital inequality: the interplay between parental socialisation and children's development ~ Ingrid Paus-Hasebrink, Cristina Ponte, Andrea Dürager and Joke Bauwens
Similarities and differences across Europe ~ Bojana Lobe and Kjartan Olafsson
Mobile access - different users, different risks, different consequences? ~ Gitte Stald and Kjartan Olafsson
Explaining vulnerability to risk and harm ~ Alfredas Laurinavičius, Rita Žukauskienė, Laura Ustinavičiūtė
Relating online practices, negative experiences and coping strategies ~ Bence Ságvári, Anna Galácz
Towards a general model of determinants of risk and safety ~ Sonia Livingstone, Uwe Hasebrink and Anke Görzig
Policy implications and recommendations: Now what? ~ Brian O'Neill and Elisabeth Staksrud.


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