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.
The EU funded SPIRTO Project examined the risks related to young people generating and sharing sexual content (or ‘sexting’) in Sweden, Germany and the UK. It used a mixed method approach which included analysis of anonymised archival data to examine the prevalence of self-taken images in the Child Exploitation Image Database (ICSE-DB). Qualitative interviews (N = 51) were also undertaken exploring the experiences of young people who had sent or posted self-produced images when aged under 18. The final phase involved the development and evaluation of short, animated films based on the results of the project.
Dr Ethel Quayle & Dr Karen Cooper (University of Edinburgh, UK), Prof Carl-Göran Svedin & Dr Linda Jonsson (Linköping University, Sweden) (Aug 2016)
A summary of the results of a systematic review of the literature relating to sexting behaviours among young people aged under 25 across nine interdisciplinary databases (e.g., psychology, sociology, health, media studies and education). The review examined young people’s experiences of sending (rather than receiving or viewing) nude or nearly nude pictures or images via a mobile or online, as well as related risks and consequences.
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.
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.
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.
ChildLine (Sept 2013)
A summary of the results of analysis of the over 10,600 counselling sessions ChildLine received in 2012-13 where young people talked about a problem they had experienced online. These include cyberbullying, online sexual abuse, sexting, social networking and online safety issues.
Ringrose et al, commissioned by the NSPCC (Jun 2012)
A small-scale qualitative study using single-sex focus group interviews with 35 young people in years 8 and 10 in two inner city schools in London. An online ethnography was also conducted with 31 participants who accepted the researchers’ friending requests on Facebook, from which a further 22 students were selected from the focus groups for individual interviews.