A summary of the key findings and recommendations of the inquiry by the House of Lords’ Select Committee on Communications during 2016-17. It considered what skills children might need and the impact of the internet on children’s development, wellbeing and mental health. It also examined the rights children enjoy online, and what impediments there are to these. Evidence was gathered by a public call for evidence (written and oral), consulting a broad group of stakeholders and the views of young people.
Professor Sonia Livingstone, Professor Julia Davidson and Dr Jo Bryce, with Saqba Batool, Ciaran Haughton, Anulekha Nandi, and the UKCCIS Evidence Group (Nov 2017)
A summary of the main findings of a literature review identifying trends, recent developments and emerging issues related to online risk of harm to children. The report examines implications for safety policy and practice using key results of recent qualitative and quantitative research. The review drew on the UKCCIS Research Highlights Series and the research reports they summarise, a call for evidence circulated during February 2017 to UKCCIS members and other experts, keyword searches of academic and grey literatures, as well as research reports and publications already known to the authors.
An overview of the results of the CHILDWISE Monitor Report 2017. This large scale, quantitative study consulted a sample of nearly 2000 children and young people aged 5–16 in 69 schools across the UK. Children aged 5 and 6 were subject to face to face interview, and children aged 7–16 were surveyed online. Data were collected during September and October 2016.
A summary of the results of an online survey of representative group of 1,500 young people aged 8-17 exploring the role of images and videos in their digital lives, and related influences on self-esteem, behaviour and emotions. The research was conducted by ResearchBods between 1-8 December 2016. Participants were part of the SurveyBods Consumer Access panel, which has a specialist youth section enabling young people under the age of 16 to directly complete surveys.
A summary of the results of the Ofcom Children’s Media Literacy Tracker, a large-scale quantitative survey based on in-home interviews with children aged 5-15 and their parents/carers, and with parents/carers of children aged 3-4. A sample of 2,059 parents and children were interviewed between April and June 2016. This Research highlights presents results related to children’s media take up and use.
This report presents the results of qualitative and quantitative research which sampled internet-using children aged 9-17 in the Philippines, Serbia and South Africa, and internet-using children aged 13-17 in Argentina. Surveys were conducted with both parents and children in the same household. The child sample sizes from the quantitative data collection were: Argentina (N=1,106), Serbia (N=197), South Africa (N=913) and the Philippines (N=121). Three out of four countries (Philippines, Serbia and South Africa) also conducted interviews with parents.
UK Safer Internet Centre & Populus (September 2016)
A summary of the results of an online survey of a nationally representative group of adults, teens and children to assess the effectiveness of Safer Internet Day. Populus conducted 2,503 online interviews with 502 children aged 11-13 years, 502 aged 14-16 years, and 502 parents of children aged 11-16 between 3 and 7 March 2016. Further questions were asked of those who had heard of Safer Internet Day. This sample consisted of 205 young people aged 8-17 years and 103 parents of children under 18, 78 of which were parents of children aged 8-17 years. Respondents were recruited via Populus’ proprietary panel, PopulusLive, and partner panel providers.
ESRO/Ofcom (January 2016)
A summary of the results of Ofcom’s Children’s Media Lives Study Year 2. This is a small-scale, qualitative study which complements Ofcom’s quantitative media literacy surveys. It tracks the same 18 children aged 8-15 over a 3 year period in order to provide an in-depth understanding of how this sample of children are thinking about and using digital media. The second wave of ethnographic research was conducted in spring 2015. This Research Highlight presents a summary of the results of the study which relate to social media and identity.
Ofcom (November 2015)
A summary of the results of Ofcom Children’s Media Literacy Tracker, a large-scale quantitative survey based on in-home interviews with children aged 5-15 and their parents/carers and with parents of children aged 3-4. From April to June 2015, 1,379 in-home interviews with parents and children aged 5-15 were conducted, along with 688 interviews with parents of children aged 3-4. This Research Highlight presents the results from the report which relate to the analysis of data on children’s media use and critical understanding.
ESRO/Ofcom (October 2015)
A summary of the results of Ofcom Children’s Media Lives Year 1 Study. This is a small-scale, qualitative study which complements Ofcom’s quantitative media literacy surveys. It tracks the same 18 children aged 8-15 over a 3 year period in order to provide an in-depth understanding of how this sample of children are thinking about and using digital media. The first of three waves of ethnographic research was conducted in autumn 2014. This Research Highlights presents a summary of the results of the study in relation to advertising, content creation and funding.