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Children, risk and safety on the internetResearch and policy challenges in comparative perspective$
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Sonia Livingstone and Leslie Haddon

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428837

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428837.001.0001

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Between public and private: privacy in social networking sites

Between public and private: privacy in social networking sites

(p.99) Eight Between public and private: privacy in social networking sites
Children, risk and safety on the internet

Reijo Kupiainen

Annikka Suoninen

Kaarina Nikunen

Policy Press

Children and young people have adopted social networking as part of social relationships, learning and creative practices in their everyday life. Different social networking sites (SNS) offer a range of possibilities for children, but they involve also risks such as misuse of personal information and lack of privacy. Traditional boundaries of private and public are challenged in the SNS and networked publics. This chapter examines the questions of privacy and risk potential of SNS. Social networking is popular all over the Europe, but there are also national differences, and parental mediation in particular is closely related to SNS use. This chapter argues that disclosure of personal information or huge amounts of ‘friends’ on SNS do not in itself cause more risk but multiple risk online activity increases the risk of data misuse. Young people do search new friends on the internet as one of the basic logics of social networking but this does not make children especially vulnerable for personal data misuse.

Keywords:   Social networking sites, Public networks, Privacy, Profile settings, Misuse of personal data

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