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A comparative analysis of European press coverage of children and the internet

Haddon, Leslie ORCID: 0000-0001-7338-7232 and Stald, Gitte (2009) A comparative analysis of European press coverage of children and the internet. Journal of Children and Media, 3 (4). pp. 379-393. ISSN 1748-2798

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Identification Number: 10.1080/17482790903233432


This article reports a content analysis of press coverage of children and the internet in order to examine cross-cultural similarities and differences in the news values framing accounts of the benefits from and risks facing children online. By comparing media reporting in 14 European countries, the study found greater coverage of online risks than opportunities across Europe, which appears to be due to the high position of crime stories on the news agenda.. Thus readers, including parents, are exposed to media representations that often show the online world as being risky for children, which may affect perceptions of the prevalence of risk. However, there is national variation in terms of which risks receive more press attention, meaning that parents in different countries are potentially sensitised to different risks.

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Additional Information: © 2009 Taylor and Frances
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Date Deposited: 28 May 2015 09:56
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:00

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