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Children, Risk and Safety on the Internet: research and policy challenges in comparative perspective

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Sonia Livingstone, Leslie Haddon, and Anke Görzig (eds)
Policy Press (18 July 2012)

As internet use is extending to younger children, there is an increasing need for research focus on the risks young users are experiencing, as well as the opportunities, and how they should cope. With expert contributions from diverse disciplines and a uniquely cross-national breadth, this timely book examines the prospect of enhanced opportunities for learning, creativity and communication set against the fear of cyberbullying, pornography and invaded privacy by both strangers and peers.

Based on an impressive in-depth survey of 25,000 children carried out by the EU Kids Online network, it offers wholly new findings that extend previous research and counter both the optimistic and the pessimistic hype. It argues that, in the main, children are gaining the digital skills, coping strategies and social support they need to navigate this fast-changing terrain. But it also identifies the struggles they encounter, pinpointing those for whom harm can follow from risky online encounters. Each chapter presents new findings and analyses to inform both researchers and students in the social sciences and policy makers in government, industry or child welfare who are working to enhance children's digital experiences.

  • Professor Sonia Livingstone directs the EU Kids Online network at LSE.
  • Dr Leslie Haddon is a senior researcher in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE.
  • Anke Görzig is research fellow in social tatistics at the Anna Freud Centre/University College London and was the survey research officer for EU Kids Online II.

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Reviews

'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.'
David Finkelhor, Crimes against Children Research Center, University of New Hampshire

'A treasure trove of new analysis of the data from an already impressive research study. A must for the bookshelves of students and policy makers alike.'
Amanda Lenhart, Pew Research Center

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