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Opportunities and Risks for Children Online


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Contributor(s): Professor Sonia Livingstone

Released on 20 October 2010.

With 65 per cent of Europeans now online, what effect is this having on children? What type of material are children being exposed to through the internet? How do online risks compare to offline risks?

In this short film, Professor Sonia Livingstone – head of LSE’s Department of Media and Communications – along with fellow researchers Dr Ellen Helsper and Dr Leslie Haddon, discuss the findings of their survey into the online habits of 23,420 children and their parents in 23 European countries.

Professor Livingstone and her colleagues received funding from the EC's Internet Programmed to investigate the opportunities and the risks that children are exposed to online.

They found that one in eight children report having been upset by something they have seen online and one in twelve have met an online contact offline.

With almost a quarter of 9-10 year olds now hosting their own social network profile, the researchers ask what obligations internet service providers and social networking sites have to 'manage the interactions that they facilitate.'

Their results are published in the EU Kids Online report, Risks and Safety on the Internet, available at the EU Kids Online website.

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