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Sonia Livingstone and Leslie Haddon

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424396

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424396.001.0001

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Risky contacts

Risky contacts

Chapter:
(p.123) ten Risky contacts
Source:
Kids online
Author(s):

Marika Hanne Lüders

Petter Bae Brandtzæg

Elza Dunkels

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847424396.003.0010

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.

Keywords:   internet use, online behaviour, online risk, children

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