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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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Excessive internet use among European children

Excessive internet use among European children

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Children, risk and safety on the internet

David Šmahel

Lukš Blinka

Policy Press

The term ‘excessive internet use’ is often associated with determining pathological extensive internet usage, which could also be called ‘online addiction’. Such excessive presence online is usually defined by the following components used for determining other types of addictive behaviour: salience, mood change, conflicts, tolerance, relapse, reinstatement and withdrawal symptoms. The described behaviour may lead to the social, mental and also physical impairment of children and youth. This chapter introduces and shows the prevalence of the five dimensions of excessive internet use among European children. Its relation to other psychosocial variables, such as self-efficacy, peer problems and other kinds of risky behaviour offline and online such as cyberbullying and meeting strangers online, are also analysed.

Keywords:   Excessive internet use, Internet addiction, Online addiction, Problematic internet use

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