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Kids online: Opportunities and risks for children

Sonia Livingstone and Leslie Haddon


As the internet and new online technologies are becoming embedded in everyday life, there are increasing questions about their social implications and consequences. Children, young people, and their families tend to be at the forefront of new-media adoption but they also encounter a range of risky or negative experiences for which they may be unprepared, which are subject to continual change. This book captures the diverse, topical, and timely expertise generated by the EU Kids Online project, which brings together 70 researchers in 21 countries across Europe. Each chapter has a distinct pan-E ... More

Keywords: internet, online technologies, everyday life, social implications, children, young people, families, risky experiences, negative experiences

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9781847424396
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847424396.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sonia Livingstone, editor

Leslie Haddon, editor

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one Introduction

Sonia Livingstone, and Leslie Haddon

Section I: Researching European children online

two What we know, what we do not know

Verónica Donoso, Kjartan Ólafsson, and Thorbjörn Broddason

three Research with children

Bojana Lobe, José Alberto Simões, and Bieke Zaman

four Opportunities and pitfalls of cross-national research

Uwe Hasebrink, Kjartan Ólafsson, and Václav Štětka

five Cultures of research and policy in Europe

Leslie Haddon, and Gitte Stald

Section II: Going online: new opportunities?

six Opportunities and benefits online

Veronika Kalmus, Pille Runnel, and Andra Siibak

seven Adolescents and social network sites: identity, friendships and privacy

Jochen Peter, Patti M. Valkenburg, and Cédric Fluckiger

eight Young people online: gender and age influences

Helen McQuillan, and Leen d'Haenens

nine Digital divides

Panayiota Tsatsou, Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, and Maria Francesca Murru

Section III: Going online: new risks?

ten Risky contacts

Marika Hanne Lüders, Petter Bae Brandtzæg, and Elza Dunkels

eleven Inappropriate content

Thomas Wold, Elena Aristodemou, Elza Dunkels, and Yiannis Laouris

thirteen Children and the internet in the news: agency, voices and agendas

Cristina Ponte, Joke Bauwens, and Giovanna Mascheroni

Section IV: Policy implications

sixteen Parental mediation

Lucyna Kirwil, Maialen Garmendia, Carmelo Garitaonandia, and Gemma Martínez Fernández

seventeen Making use of ICT for learning in European schools

Ingrid Paus-Hasebrink, Andrea Dürager, Christine W. Wijnen, and Kadri Ugur

eighteen Media literacy

Brian O'Neill, and Ingunn Hagen

nineteen Conclusion

Sonia Livingstone, and Leslie Haddon