Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9781847428820 Published October 2012 For sale in North and South America only
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Children, Risk and Safety on the Internet

Research and policy challenges in comparative perspective

Edited by Sonia Livingstone, Leslie Haddon, and Anke Görzig

Children, Risk and Safety on the Internet

Edited by Sonia Livingstone, Leslie Haddon, and Anke Görzig

Distributed for Bristol University Press

382 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2012
Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9781847428820 Published October 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781847428837 Published October 2012 For sale in North and South America only

With increasingly younger children using the Internet on their own, there is a growing need for research that examines both the risks and opportunities young children face on the web. Such information is critical for determining the ways in which children can navigate this wonderful—and dangerous— world. With expert contributions from a diverse range of disciplines and a cross-national breadth, Children, Risk and Safety on the Internet examines the many online opportunities children have for learning, creativity, and communication and how they can safely access them amid the dangers of cyberbullying, pornography, and privacy invasion.
Based on an impressive, in-depth survey of twenty-five thousand children carried out by the EU Kids Online network, this book presents wholly new findings that offer important counters to both the optimistic and pessimistic arguments surrounding child safety on the Internet. It finds compelling evidence that children are gaining important digital skills as well as strong strategies and social support for dealing with the Internet’s fast-changing terrain. At the same time, it identifies the many struggles children face, pinpointing important areas where harm can follow from risky online encounters. With a simultaneous breadth and depth of evidence and analysis, Children, Risk and Safety on the Internet provides comprehensive and important information for anyone interested in safe and positive digital experiences for our youth.

List of tables and figures
Notes on contributors

1. Theoretical framework for children’s internet use
      Sonia Livingstone and Leslie Haddon
2. Methodological framework: EU Kids Online project
      Anke Görzig
3. Cognitive interviewing and responses to EU Kids Online survey questions
      Christine Ogan, Türkan Karakus, Engin Kursun, Kürsat Çagiltay and Duygu Kasikçi
4. Which children are fully online?
      Ellen Helsper
5. Varieties of access and use
      Giovanna Mascheroni, Maria Francesca Murru and Anke Görzig
6. Online opportunities
      Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt and Pille Runnel
7. Digital skills in the context of media literacy
      Nathalie Sonck, Els Kuiper and Jos de Haan
8. Between public and private: privacy in social networking sites
      Reijo Kupiainen, Annikka Suoninen and Kaarina Nikunen
9. Experimenting with the self online: a risky opportunity
      Lucyna Kirwil and Yiannis Laouris
10. Young Europeans’ online environments: a typology of user practices
      Uwe Hasebrink
11. Bullying
      Claudia Lampert and Verónica Donoso
12. ‘Sexting’: the exchange of sexual messages online among European youth
      Sonia Livingstone and Anke Görzig
13. Pornography
      Antonis Rovolis and Liza Tsaliki
14. Meeting new contacts online
      Monica Barbovschi, Valentina Marinescu, Anca Velicu and Eva Laszlo
15. Excessive internet use among European children
      David Šmahel and Lukáš Blinka
16. Coping and resilience: children’s responses to online risks
      Sofie Vandoninck, Leen d’Haenens and Katia Segers
17. Agents of mediation and source of safety awareness: a comparative overview
      Dominique Pasquier, José Alberto Simões and Elodie Kredens
18. The effectiveness of parental mediation
      Maialen Garmendia, Carmelo Garitaonandia, Gemma Martinez and Miguel Ángel Casado
19. Effectiveness of teachers’ and peers’ mediation in supporting opportunities and reducing risks online
      Veronika Kalmus, Cecilia von Feilitzen and Andra Siibak
20. Understanding digital inequality: the interplay between parental socialization and children’s development
      Ingrid Paus-Hasebrink, Cristina Ponte, Andrea Dürager and Joke Bauwens
21. Similarities and differences across Europe
      Bojana Lobe and Kjartan Ólafsson
22. Mobile access: different users, different risks, different consequences?
      Gitte Stald and Kjartan Ólafsson
23. Explaining vulnerability to risk and harm
      Alfredas Laurinavicius, Rita Žukauskiene and Laura Ustinaviciute
24. Relating online practices, negative experiences and coping strategies
      Bence Ságvári and Anna Galácz
25. Towards a general model of determinants of risk and safety
      Sonia Livingstone, Uwe Hasebrink and Anke Görzig
26. Policy implications and recommendations: now what?
      Brian O’Neill and Elisabeth Staksrud

Appendix: Key variables used in EU Kids Online analyses
Review Quotes
David Finkelhor, University of New Hampshire.
“The EU Kids Online project is the most theoretically informed and methodologically sophisticated study we have on the issue of risks in the new electronic environment. This book is rich in details and insights that greatly advance our understanding.”
LSE Review of Books
“Children, Risk and Safety on the Internet provides sound data that policy-makers, educators, and parents can use to make judgments around children and the internet and will be a valuable asset for those seeking an informed understanding of online risks.” 
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