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Research Highlight Series

112: Self-Produced Images – Risk Taking Online (SPIRTO) Project

Dr Ethel Quayle et al (July 2015) 

The EU funded SPIRTO Project examined the risks related to young people generating and sharing sexual content (or ‘sexting’) in Sweden, Germany and the UK. It used a mixed method approach which included analysis of anonymised archival data to examine the prevalence of self-taken images in the Child Exploitation Image Database (ICSE-DB). Qualitative interviews (N = 51) were also undertaken exploring the experiences of young people who had sent or posted self-produced images when aged under 18. The final phase involved the development and evaluation of short, animated films based on the results of the project. 

111: UK Schools Online Safety Policy and Practice Assessment 2016

Professor Andy Phippen (Oct 2016) 

An overview of the results of the analysis of the self-assessment data collected from the 360 degree safe tool (https://360safe.org.uk/) launched by SWGfL in November 2009, and used by over 8000 schools across the country.

110: Adolescents and Self-Taken Sexual Images: A Review of the Literature

Dr Ethel Quayle & Dr Karen Cooper (University of Edinburgh, UK), Prof Carl-Göran Svedin & Dr Linda Jonsson (Linköping University, Sweden) (Aug 2016) 

A summary of the results of a systematic review of the literature relating to sexting behaviours among young people aged under 25 across nine interdisciplinary databases (e.g., psychology, sociology, health, media studies and education). The review examined young people’s experiences of sending (rather than receiving or viewing) nude or nearly nude pictures or images via a mobile or online, as well as related risks and consequences. 

109: Cyberbullying Involvement Roles and Viewing of Suicide-Related Web-Content

Dr. Anke Görzig (Aug 2016) 

An overview of the results of a study investigating the relationships between cyberbullying roles, viewing of specific suicide-related web content, and psychological problems in young people. Data from a representative sample of N = 19,406 (50% girls) 11–16-year-olds across 25 European countries were analysed. This was collected as part of the EU Kids Online Study.

108: Safer Internet Day 2017: Power of Image - A Report into the Role and Influence of Images and Videos in Young People’s Digital Lives

UK Safer Internet Centre (Feb 2017)

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.

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