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In their own words: what bothers children online?

Livingstone, Sonia ORCID: 0000-0002-3248-9862, Kirwil, Lucyna, Ponte, Cristina and Staksrud, Elisabeth (2014) In their own words: what bothers children online? European Journal of Communication, 29 (3). pp. 271-288. ISSN 0267-3231

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0267323114521045


In an open-ended survey question to European 9- to 16-year-olds, some 10,000 children reported a range of risks that concern them on the internet. Pornography (named by 22% of children who mentioned risks), conduct risk such as cyber-bullying (19%) and violent content (18%) were at the top of children’s concerns. The priority given to violent content is noteworthy insofar as this receives less attention than sexual content or bullying in awareness-raising initiatives. Many children express shock and disgust on witnessing violent, aggressive or gory online content, especially that which graphically depicts realistic violence against vulnerable victims, including from the news. Video-sharing websites such as YouTube were primary sources of violent and pornographic content. The findings discussed in relation to children’s fear responses to screen media and the implications for the public policy agenda on internet safety are identified.

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Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 26 May 2015 14:49
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2024 16:48

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