One of the anxieties regarding children's internet use relates to the potential for risky contacts. This chapter critically reviews the latest findings and theories on children's risky contacts with adults and children – grooming, harassment, and meetings – in order to identify who is really at risk from what. Two primary types of risks are discussed: children and young people as victims of aggressive communication and as victims of sexually oriented communication. The discussion expands our current understanding of both media and social-psychological dimensions of the misuse and abuse of the internet, which in turn can enable industry, policy makers, and future generations to approach and develop an online environment that poses fewer dangers.
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