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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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Theoretical framework for children's internet use

Theoretical framework for children's internet use

(p.1) One Theoretical framework for children's internet use
Children, risk and safety on the internet

Sonia Livingstone

Leslie Haddon

Policy Press

Many hopes and fears surround children's increasing immersion in the digital and networked culture of the internet. Arguing against technological determinism, this chapter locates internet adoption and appropriation within the wider context of changing childhoods in late modernity and the risk society. It provides an overview of the EU Kids Online network. It then examines three core debates over the question: of childhood (contesting the notion of ‘digital native’), risk (contesting moral and media panics) and responsibility (arguing for effective multi-stakeholder alliances to improve children's online experiences). The chapter concludes with the working model that has guided the data collection, analysis and interpretation in the chapters that follow.

Keywords:   Digital natives, Technological determinism, Risk society, Moral panics, Multi-stakeholder alliances, Risks and opportunities, Contexts of childhood, Risk of harm

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