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Research Highlight Series

118: Cyberbullying Among Young People

Directorate-General for Internal Policies, European Parliament (Nov 2017)

A summary of a report examining the extent, scope and forms of cyberbullying in the EU. It illustrates the legal and policy measures on cyberbullying adopted at the European and international levels, and delineates the EU role in this area. The study is based on research which covered all 28 EU Member States, as well as a closer analysis of the situation in nine Member States. The methods included an extensive literature review, consultation with experts, and a survey among young people aged 12-21 years in all EU Member States.

117: House of Lords: Growing Up with the Internet

House of Lords (Nov 2017)

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.

116: Children’s Online Activities, Risks and Safety: A Literature Review by the UKCCIS Evidence Group

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.

115: Net Aware Report 2017: “Freedom to Express Myself Safely”

NSPCC (Sept 2017) 

A summary of the results of a large scale study examining the opportunities and risks experienced by young people in their online lives. The sample consisted of 1,696 11–18 year olds who were engaged through schools across the UK and Childline’s engagement platforms (e.g., Facebook). Young people were asked to complete a survey about their online behaviour and knowledge around online safety, as well as to conduct detailed reviews of specific platforms. Data collection ran from December 2016 to February 2017. The NSPCC and O2 also consulted with 674 parents and carers through the research firm, YouGov.

114: The Impact of Online Pornography on Children and Young People

Dr Elena Martellozzo and Dr Miranda A.H. Horvath, Middlesex University (June 2017) 

A summary of the results of a large scale, multimethod research project examining the experiences and perceptions of online pornography of young people aged 11-16 in the UK.  The first phase of the project involved an online discussion forum and 4 online focus groups segregated by age with 34 young people to inform the design of the survey. The second phase consisted of an online survey with 1001 young people. In the final stage, 6 online focus groups segregated by age and gender were conducted with 40 young people to provide more in-depth information about elements of the online survey findings. The sample was representative of the four nations of the UK. The project was commissioned by the NSPCC and the Children’s Commissioner (OCC).

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