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Research Highlight Series

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.  

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).

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