A summary of the results of evaluation of the NSPCC InCtrl programme. This is a preventative service that aims to support children to safely enjoy online life by increasing safe online behaviours and digital resilience. The implementation evaluation examined (1) the feasibility of the pilot service, (2) whether the theory of change for InCtrl is evidenced, and (3) the factors that were barriers and facilitators to service delivery. Using mixed methods, the evaluation included analysis of case record data for 162 children referred to InCtrl during the pilot; two online surveys completed by practitioners; and 32 qualitative interviews and focus groups held with children, parents/carers and NSPCC staff.
A summary of the results of the Ofcom Adults’ Media Literacy Tracker, a large-scale quantitative survey on media use, attitudes and understanding based on in-home interviews with adults aged 16+ (N=1,883), conducted between September-November 2019. The report also draws on our qualitative Adult’s Media Lives research, a longitudinal ethnographic study following largely the same 19 adults to provide in-depth insight into the role of media in their day-to-day lives.
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 (N=3,243), conducted between April-July 2019. The report also draws on Ofcom’s News Consumption Study, whereby 1,000 12-15-year olds were interviewed online in two waves: November/December 2018 and March/April 2019. Insights from our qualitative Children’s Media Lives study are also included, which follows 18 children aged 8-15; and data from audience measurement body, BARB.
Professor Andy Phippen, University of Bournemouth and Professor Emma Bond, University of Suffolk (2020).
A summary of a study exploring the arrest and crime recording of minors in the UK for the generation or distribution of indecent images of children, under the 1978 Protection of Children Act. A series of FOIA requests were sent to UK police forces asking for figures on the volume of arrests of minors under Home Office crime code 86/2, and also the number of outcome 21 recordings made against minors related to image offences, since December 2016. 30 police forces sent responses and the data were collated for the two categories (Home Office Crime code 86/2 and outcome 21) over the specified time period. Trends in the data were examined.
SWGfL in partnership with the University of Exeter Economic and Social Research Council (October, 2019)
A summary of a qualitative study comparing intimate image abuse in Under 18s and adults. Data from the Revenge Porn Helpline and Professionals Online Safety Helpline (POSH) (based at South West Grid for Learning) were analysed. Four months of call and email case notes were sampled from each helpline. Individual contacts to the helplines were analysed using a thematic, inductive approach in order to investigate potential relationships between intimate image abuse in adults and under 18s, including effects on victims and perpetrator motivations.