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Research Highlight Series

122: Maximising Opportunities and Minimising Risks for Children Online: The Role of Digital Skills in Emerging Strategies of Parental Mediation

Sonia Livingstone, Kjartan Ólafsson, Ellen Helsper, Francisco Lupiáñez-Villanueva, Giuseppe Veltri and Frans Folkvord (Nov 2017)

A summary of the results of a large-scale survey exploring parental beliefs, concerns and actions in relation to parent and child online skills, risks and opportunities, and parental mediation. The survey questioned European parents aged 25-65 with children aged 6-14 living in their household and under their responsibility or care in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Poland, Italy, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. 800 interviews were conducted per country (N=6,400). Quota sampling was used with random sampling within age quotas (25-34, 35-49, and 50-64) to ensure a representative sample.

121: ‘Sharenting’, Parent Blogging, and the Boundaries of the Digital Self

Professor Sonia Livingstone and Dr Alicia Blum Ross (Nov 2017)

A summary of research examining how parent bloggers represent themselves as parents and the implications for those drawn into these representations (e.g., their children). The study conducted interviews with 17 parent bloggers, 13 identified as White and the remaining four as Asian, British Asian, or mixed race. Most had young children from toddlers through primary school age, and four had children with special educational needs and disabilities. Five of the 17 bloggers were fathers

120: Digital Monitoring Behaviours from a Social Learning Perspective

Joris Van Ouytsel, Koen Ponnet and Michel Walrave (Nov 2017)

A summary of the results of a study investigating the extent to which perceived social norms about cyber dating abuse, witnessing controlling behaviour among parents, and the endorsement of gender stereotypes are linked with adolescents’ engagement in digital controlling behaviours. The study sample consisted of 1187 students (61.3% girls, n = 728) from 7 secondary schools in Flanders, Belgium. The study reports on a subsample of 466 students (71.0% girls) who were in “a romantic relationship with someone or had a romantic partner” at the time that the study was conducted.

119: Adolescents’ Perceptions of the Applications Used, Motives For, and Consequences of Sexting

Joris Van Ouytsel, Ellen Van Gool, Michel Walrave, Koen Ponnet and Emilie Peeters (Nov 2017)

A summary of the results of a study examining high school students’ perceptions of sexting behaviour. 57 adolescents (66.67% females) participated in 11 focus groups examining the role of digital media within romantic relationships. The focus group interviews were conducted between March and May 2015. Each focus group included 3-8 participants between 15 and 18 years old.

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.

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