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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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Research with children

Research with children

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(p.31) three Research with children
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Kids online
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Bojana Lobe

José Alberto Simões

Bieke Zaman

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847424396.003.0003

This chapter untangles the ways in which young audiences, especially digital-media and internet users, have been researched, and how they can be approached. The first part discusses the policy concept ‘children and young people’, since it has clear implications for how the research agenda is defined. The second part examines different theoretical approaches to the problem of whether children should be directly involved in research projects or not. In other words, should we be doing research with or on children? This distinction is important not only from a practical point of view, but also from a theoretical (epistemological) one. The last part of the chapter addresses the issue of how one should research children's internet and digital-media uses and experiences. More specifically, it considers whether methods conceived for working with children have to be entirely new or whether they can be simply adapted from existing ones, and discusses which methods are most appropriate for researching children's media/internet uses and experiences.

Keywords:   young people, children, research projects, internet, digital media

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