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The mobile internet: access, use, opportunities and divides among European children

Mascheroni, Giovanna and Ólafsson, Kjartan (2016) The mobile internet: access, use, opportunities and divides among European children. New Media & Society, 18 (8). pp. 1657-1679. ISSN 1461-4448

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1461444814567986


Based on data collected through the Net Children Go Mobile survey of approximately 3500 respondents aged 9–16 years in seven European countries (Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Romania and the United Kingdom), this article examines the diffusion of smartphones among children and contributes to existing research on mobile digital divides by investigating what influences the adoption of smartphones among children and whether going online from a smartphone is associated with specific usage patterns, thus bridging or widening usage gaps. The findings suggest the resilience of digital inequalities among children, showing how social inequalities intersect with divides in access and result in disparities in online activities, with children who benefit from a greater autonomy of use and a longer online experience also reaching the top of the ladder of opportunities.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2015 14:25
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2024 20:42
Projects: SI-2012-KEP-411201
Funders: EC’s Better Internet for Kids Programme

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