Dr Elena Martellozzo and Dr Miranda A.H. Horvath, Middlesex University (June 2017)
A summary of the results of a large scale, multimethod research project examining the experiences and perceptions of online pornography of young people aged 11-16 in the UK. The first phase of the project involved an online discussion forum and 4 online focus groups segregated by age with 34 young people to inform the design of the survey. The second phase consisted of an online survey with 1001 young people. In the final stage, 6 online focus groups segregated by age and gender were conducted with 40 young people to provide more in-depth information about elements of the online survey findings. The sample was representative of the four nations of the UK. The project was commissioned by the NSPCC and the Children’s Commissioner (OCC).
A summary of the results of a systematic literature review examining the developmental appropriateness of children and young people accessing indecent images of children (IIOC), and the associated characteristics of those who engage in the behaviour. Research published between 2000 and 2015 across five different research platforms was identified using predefined search terms. The review focused primarily on research with children and young people, but findings from systematic reviews and meta-analyses of research with adults were also included for comparison.
EU Kids Online (June 2015)
A summary of a report presenting the results of a large scale European study which used interviews and focus groups with children aged 9–16 (N = 378) in 9 European countries to examine social media literacy. Schools and youth centres were used to recruit children for 56 focus groups and 114 interviews between February and September 2013.
Populus (January 2015)
A summary of the results of an online survey of a nationally representative group of adults, teens and children to assess the effectiveness of the Safer Internet Day campaign. A post-campaign survey targeted 525 children aged 8-12 years, 525 teenagers aged 13-17 years, 520 parents with children aged 8-17, and 519 adults aged 18+.
Middlesex University and the Office of the Children's Commissioner (May 2014)
A summary of the results of the Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) undertaken by Middlesex University for the Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCC) focusing on the effects of exposure and access to pornography on children and young people. It drew on research evidence published between January 1983 and January 2013, and considered 276 academic and other items.
Lund University, Sweden & University of New Hampshire, USA (May 2015)
A summary of the results of the large scale and nationally representative Third Youth Internet Safety Survey (YISS-3) undertaken in the USA between August, 2010 and January, 2011. The study aimed to quantify youth experiences with unwanted sexual solicitations, harassment and unwanted exposure to pornography online. The sample consisted of 1,560 Internet users aged 10-17 and their caretakers. The results presented are based on data from those participants who reported unwanted Internet experiences (e.g., sexual solicitation, online harassment, unwanted exposure to pornography) and who answered follow-up questions about whether they had told someone about the experience (n = 134, n = 174 and n = 346 respectively) or how the situation ended (n = 134, n = 170 and n = 348 respectively).
ChildLine (Feb 2014)
A summary of a report presenting the results of a large scale, representative online survey of 11-16 year olds about their use of social networking sites (N = 1024). The study was conducted for the NSPCC by the market research agency, ResearchBods.
ChildLine (Feb 2014)
A summary of a report presenting the results of data collected from 11-12 year olds as part of a large scale, representative online survey of 11-16 year olds about their use of social networking sites (N = 1024). The study was conducted for the NSPCC by the market research agency, ResearchBods.
EU Kids Online and LSE (Feb 2013)
A summary of the results of the analysis of 9,636 responses to the open-ended question: “What things on the internet would bother people about your age?” asked by the EU Kids Online questionnaire. This large-scale quantitative survey was administered face-to-face at home to a random stratified sample of 25,142 children aged 9-16 who use the internet, plus one of their parents, during Spring/Summer 2010 in 25 European countries.
University Campus Suffolk (Nov 2012)
A summary of the results of a qualitative study of 126 websites and blogs identified through a Google search for “pro-anorexia” between January and June 1012. The aim of the study was to gain knowledge and understanding of pro-anorexia sites and online communities, and to provide a review of the risks in relation to their use by young people.