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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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Opportunities and benefits online

Opportunities and benefits online

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(p.71) six Opportunities and benefits online
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Kids online
Author(s):

Veronika Kalmus

Pille Runnel

Andra Siibak

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847424396.003.0006

This chapter focuses on different types of online opportunities taken up by children across Europe. Although the take-up of online opportunities by children across European countries varies in its detail, overall it follows a general pattern, according to which the advancing experience in internet use as children grow older and their changing priorities and motivations lead to a greater variation of online activities. Taking up online opportunities can therefore be seen in terms of a gradation in digital inclusion, in which advancing stages imply increasing user agency, and this is a pattern that applies across countries. Cross-national analysis also shows that the versatility of taking up online opportunities is related to structural aspects such as material resources for using the internet at home.

Keywords:   children, online activities, online opportunities, internet use, digital inclusion

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