123: Does Young People’s Tendency to Experience Risks Reach Across the Online/Offline Divide?

Dr Anke Görzig and the EU Kids Online UK Team (LSE) (November 2015) 

A summary of the results of a large scale study examining whether online and offline risk experiences: a) are behaviourally distinct, b) share the same common underlying propensity to experience risks, or c) both – show a mixture of joint and distinct properties. Data came from the LSE EU Kids Online study (www.eukidsonline.net), a random sample of 25,000 Internet-using children aged 9-16 across 25 European countries. For ethical reasons answers from 11-16 year olds only were used for this study, resulting in a sample of 19,406 (50% girls).

122: Maximising Opportunities and Minimising Risks for Children Online: The Role of Digital Skills in Emerging Strategies of Parental Mediation

Sonia Livingstone, Kjartan Ólafsson, Ellen Helsper, Francisco Lupiáñez-Villanueva, Giuseppe Veltri and Frans Folkvord (Nov 2017)

A summary of the results of a large-scale survey exploring parental beliefs, concerns and actions in relation to parent and child online skills, risks and opportunities, and parental mediation. The survey questioned European parents aged 25-65 with children aged 6-14 living in their household and under their responsibility or care in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Poland, Italy, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. 800 interviews were conducted per country (N=6,400). Quota sampling was used with random sampling within age quotas (25-34, 35-49, and 50-64) to ensure a representative sample.

121: ‘Sharenting’, Parent Blogging, and the Boundaries of the Digital Self

Professor Sonia Livingstone and Dr Alicia Blum Ross (Nov 2017)

A summary of research examining how parent bloggers represent themselves as parents and the implications for those drawn into these representations (e.g., their children). The study conducted interviews with 17 parent bloggers, 13 identified as White and the remaining four as Asian, British Asian, or mixed race. Most had young children from toddlers through primary school age, and four had children with special educational needs and disabilities. Five of the 17 bloggers were fathers

120: Digital Monitoring Behaviours from a Social Learning Perspective

Joris Van Ouytsel, Koen Ponnet and Michel Walrave (Nov 2017)

A summary of the results of a study investigating the extent to which perceived social norms about cyber dating abuse, witnessing controlling behaviour among parents, and the endorsement of gender stereotypes are linked with adolescents’ engagement in digital controlling behaviours. The study sample consisted of 1187 students (61.3% girls, n = 728) from 7 secondary schools in Flanders, Belgium. The study reports on a subsample of 466 students (71.0% girls) who were in “a romantic relationship with someone or had a romantic partner” at the time that the study was conducted.

119: Adolescents’ Perceptions of the Applications Used, Motives For, and Consequences of Sexting

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.

118: Cyberbullying Among Young People

Directorate-General for Internal Policies, European Parliament (Nov 2017)

A summary of a report examining the extent, scope and forms of cyberbullying in the EU. It illustrates the legal and policy measures on cyberbullying adopted at the European and international levels, and delineates the EU role in this area. The study is based on research which covered all 28 EU Member States, as well as a closer analysis of the situation in nine Member States. The methods included an extensive literature review, consultation with experts, and a survey among young people aged 12-21 years in all EU Member States.

117: House of Lords: Growing Up with the Internet

House of Lords (Nov 2017)

A summary of the key findings and recommendations of the inquiry by the House of Lords’ Select Committee on Communications during 2016-17. It considered what skills children might need and the impact of the internet on children’s development, wellbeing and mental health. It also examined the rights children enjoy online, and what impediments there are to these. Evidence was gathered by a public call for evidence (written and oral), consulting a broad group of stakeholders and the views of young people.

116: Children’s Online Activities, Risks and Safety: A Literature Review by the UKCCIS Evidence Group

Professor Sonia Livingstone, Professor Julia Davidson and Dr Jo Bryce, with Saqba Batool, Ciaran Haughton, Anulekha Nandi, and the UKCCIS Evidence Group (Nov 2017)

A summary of the main findings of a literature review identifying trends, recent developments and emerging issues related to online risk of harm to children. The report examines implications for safety policy and practice using key results of recent qualitative and quantitative research. The review drew on the UKCCIS Research Highlights Series and the research reports they summarise, a call for evidence circulated during February 2017 to UKCCIS members and other experts, keyword searches of academic and grey literatures, as well as research reports and publications already known to the authors.

115: Net Aware Report 2017: “Freedom to Express Myself Safely”

NSPCC (Sept 2017) 

A summary of the results of a large scale study examining the opportunities and risks experienced by young people in their online lives. The sample consisted of 1,696 11–18 year olds who were engaged through schools across the UK and Childline’s engagement platforms (e.g., Facebook). Young people were asked to complete a survey about their online behaviour and knowledge around online safety, as well as to conduct detailed reviews of specific platforms. Data collection ran from December 2016 to February 2017. The NSPCC and O2 also consulted with 674 parents and carers through the research firm, YouGov.

114: The Impact of Online Pornography on Children and Young People

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).