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Research summaries from the Evidence Group of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety

Research and evidence is vital to inform the promotion of a safer online environment for children. The UKCCIS Evidence Group provides UKCCIS with a timely, critical and rigorous account of the relevant research. It includes representatives from academia, NGOs and police, and meets regularly in order to identify, evaluate and commission new research relevant to child internet safety.

The Research Highlights Series overviews new findings as they become available. The Evidence Group exercises editorial control over the selection and production of these Research Highlights, and we invite researchers and stakeholders to inform us of recent and ongoing research.

Latest Highlights:

105: A Review of the Research on Children and Young People who Display Harmful Sexual Behaviour Online

NSPCC (Nov 2016) Full publication

A summary of the results of a systematic literature review examining the developmental appropriateness of children and young people accessing indecent images of children (IIOC), and the associated characteristics of those who engage in the behaviour. Research published between 2000 and 2015 across five different research platforms was identified using predefined search terms. The review focused primarily on research with children and young people, but findings from systematic reviews and meta-analyses of research with adults were also included for comparison. 

104: Global Kids Online: Research Synthesis 2015-2016

Global Kids Online (Nov 2016) Full publication

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.

103: Sexual Rights and Sexual Risks among Youth Online: A Review of Existing Knowledge Regarding Children and Young People’s Developing Sexuality in Relation to New Media Environments

eNACSO & EU Kids Online (Nov 2016) Full publication

This report reviews available research literature from a diverse group of stakeholders and experts. 27 database searches were conducted which focused on literature relevant to 10- to 17-year-olds that included general risks and opportunities with sexual experiences online, accessing sex education and sexual health information. Inclusion criteria included: research published in the last decade (2005-15), available in the English language, any research methodology, and studies focused on children aged 10 to 17. Ultimately 150 articles were critically reviewed and included in the findings.

102: Families and Screen Time: Current Advice and Emerging Research

LSE Media Policy Project (Nov 2016) Full publication

This report reviews the academic literature on ‘parental mediation’, highlighting findings on ‘what is effective’ in parental efforts to minimise risk and maximise opportunity, and maps out prominent sources of advice for parents. It also draws on Parenting for a Digital Future, which conducted in-depth interviews with 65 families about their digital media practices, combining observations, fieldwork visits to digital media sites, schools and other relevant locations, as well as analysis of digital media texts produced by parents or children.

101: Youth Pathways into Cybercrime

Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS), Middlesex University (Nov 2016) Full publication

A summary of the results of a two phase research project examining youth pathways into cybercrime. The first phase involved a multidisciplinary literature review, and the second focused on stakeholder interviews with 10 participants from a range of sectors (e.g., education, law enforcement, computer sciences). The research identified a number of characteristics of young people who engage in cybercriminal activity, and makes a number of recommendations related to professional practice and prevention. 

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The research documents on this web page do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department for Education or UKCCIS members, including its Executive Board. They provide evidence and statistics which may inform UKCCIS’s direction and work.