"Professor Livingstone and colleagues provide extensive evidence based findings which enable academics, educationalists, policy makers, parents and young people to think beyond anxieties generated by new technologies and make informed decisions about maximizing digital opportunities while managing risks. An impressive and essential book, central to the child digital safety debate."
Professor Tanya Byron, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and author of the Byron review: Safer Children in a Digital World

Kids Online

Sonia Livingstone and Leslie Haddon (eds)
The Policy Press (30 September 2009)

As the internet and new online technologies are becoming embedded in everyday life, there are increasing questions about their social implications and consequences. Children, young people and their families tend to be at the forefront of new media adoption, benefiting from early take-up of new opportunities afforded by the internet, mobile and broadband content, online games and peer-to-peer technologies. However, they also encounter a range of risky or negative experiences for which they may be
unprepared. These risks, the everyday contexts in which they occur, and the ways in which they are being addressed, are all subject to continual change.

This book captures the diverse, topical and timely expertise generated by the EU Kids Online project, which brings together 60 researchers in 21 countries across Europe. Each chapter has a distinct pan-European focus - this comparative approach is unique in a domain dominated either by American findings internationally or by local findings.

  • Sonia Livingstone is professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE.
  • Leslie Haddon is senior researcher in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE, and visiting research associate at the Oxford Internet Institute and the Institute for Social and Technical Research, University of Essex.
Kids Online