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Research Highlight Series

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.  

98: Insafe Helplines: Operations, Effectiveness and Emerging Issues for Internet Safety Helplines

European Schoolnet (EUN), Insafe & the Kaspersky Helpline Fund (May 2016) 

A summary of the results of research conducted by EU Kids Online which aimed to assist Insafe helplines to develop their effectiveness and demonstrate their impact. It comprised of a detailed comparative study of four helplines combined with a survey of the Insafe network of helplines. A total of 18 interviews and focus groups were conducted with key helpline personnel and national stakeholders between October and the end of November 2015. An online questionnaire was also distributed to the Insafe network and remained open for four weeks (until mid-December 2015).

97: Safer Internet Day 2016: Campaign Evaluation

UK Safer Internet Centre & Populus (September 2016) 

A summary of the results of an online survey of a nationally representative group of adults, teens and children to assess the effectiveness of Safer Internet Day. Populus conducted 2,503 online interviews with 502 children aged 11-13 years, 502 aged 14-16 years, and 502 parents of children aged 11-16 between 3 and 7 March 2016. Further questions were asked of those who had heard of Safer Internet Day. This sample consisted of 205 young people aged 8-17 years and 103 parents of children under 18, 78 of which were parents of children aged 8-17 years. Respondents were recruited via Populus’ proprietary panel, PopulusLive, and partner panel providers.

96: Sexting and Young People: The Parent's View

NSPCC (August 2016) 
A summary of the results of a large scale survey undertaken by FACTs International, on behalf of the NSPCC, between February and April 2016. The study examined explored parent’s knowledge and perceptions of sexting, as well as the types of resources and support that they would like to receive. Initial qualitative interviews were undertaken with 32 parents and carers in order to inform the survey questions. This was followed by an online survey with 1000 parents and carers from across the UK, which was available online between the 4th April and the 19th April. 

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