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Research Highlight Series

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)

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) 

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) 

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. 

100: ISEC Project Illegal Use of the Internet Project: Cyber-typologies and Victimisation

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

A summary of the results of a retrospective online questionnaire study conducted by the ISEC Project to examine the vulnerability characteristics, online behaviours and experiences of sexual solicitation of young people. The sample consisted of 1166 young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 from three countries (United Kingdom, N = 340; Ireland, N = 529; Italy, N = 297) who answered questions about their offline lives, online behaviours and experiences when aged 12-16. The majority of the sample (70%) were in education at the time of responding, and 71.1% of respondents were female.  

99: ISEC Project Illegal Use of the Internet Project — National Police Surveys

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

A summary of the results of an online questionnaire study conducted by the ISEC Project to examine police perceptions, practice and training related to online child sexual abuse. The sample consisted of 1401 police officers from three countries (United Kingdom: N = 679, Netherlands: N = 97 and Italy: N = 602). The majority of the sample indicated that their rank was a police constable (N= 455; 33%) or detective constable (N= 193, 14%). Seventy-one per cent of the sample were male, with an overall mean age of 43 years and an average length of service (across roles) of 18.98 years.  

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