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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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Meeting new contacts online

Meeting new contacts online

(p.177) Fourteen Meeting new contacts online
Children, risk and safety on the internet

Monica Barbovschi

Valentina Marinescu

Anca Velicu

Eva Laszlo

Policy Press

Social media has significantly altered the ways children and youth connect with each other. While making new friends and expanding one's social circle is encouraged as something positive and desirable, the ‘stranger danger’ – connected with the practice of contacting new people online – continues to generate a great deal of anxiety among parents, teachers and policymakers alike. This chapter offers an account of children's practice of making new contacts online and their further exploration of these new contacts through face-to-face meetings. Among all children, one third have made contact online with someone they didn't know face to face, while less than 10% have gone to a face-to-face meeting with someone they met online. Results suggest that attention should be given to those few children who experience harm from meeting new people, which are the youngest and the most vulnerable, both online and offline.

Keywords:   Online contacts, Strangers, Face-to-face meetings, Risk of harm, Vulnerability

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