New book from EU Kids Online: Children, risk and safety on the internet

New book from EU Kids Online: Children, risk and safety on the internet

Research and policy challenges in comparative perspective (Edited by Sonia Livingstone, Leslie Haddon and Anke Görzig)

With contributions from members of the EU Kids Online network from a broad range of European countries, this book captures the diverse, topical and timely expertise generated by the network, reflecting the different aspects of the EU Kids Online project.

With a particular focus on risk and safety, each chapter includes up to date and previously unpublished comparative findings from across Europe, developing a critical approach to the research domain, its findings and possible conclusions. The book will be of interest to academics, researchers and students in sociology, childhood studies, social policy and media studies, as well as policy makers and those involved with corporate social responsibility in the internet industry

About the book

As internet use is extending to younger children, there is an increasing need for research focus on the risks young users are experiencing, as well as the opportunities, and how they should cope. With expert contributions from diverse disciplines and a uniquely cross-national breadth, this timely book examines the prospect of enhanced opportunities for learning, creativity and communication set against the fear of cyberbullying, pornography and invaded privacy by both strangers and peers. Based on an impressive in-depth survey of 25,000 children carried out by the EU Kids Online network, it offers wholly new findings that extend previous research and counter both the optimistic and the pessimistic hype. It argues that, in the main, children are gaining the digital skills, coping strategies and social support they need to navigate this fast-changing terrain. But it also identifies the struggles they encounter, pinpointing those for whom harm can follow from risky online encounters. Each chapter presents new findings and analyses to inform both researchers and students in the social sciences and policy makers in government, industry or child welfare who are working to enhance children’s digital experiences.

Author Biography

Sonia Livingstone directs the EU Kids Online network at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and has authored or edited 16 books on media, audiences, children and the internet. Leslie Haddon is a senior researcher in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. He has written extensively about information and communication technologies.Anke Görzig is Research Fellow in Social Statistics at the Anna Freud Centre/University College London and was the Survey Research Officer for EU Kids Online II.


  1. Theoretical framework for children’s internet use – Sonia Livingstone and Leslie Haddon
  2. Methodological framework: the EU Kids Online project – Anke Görzig
  3. Cognitive interviewing and responses to EU Kids Online survey questions – Christine Ogan, Turkan Karakus, Engin Kursun, Kursat Cagiltay and Duygu Kasikci
  4. Which children are fully online? – Ellen Helsper
  5. Varieties of access and use – Giovanna Mascheroni, Maria Francesca Murru and Anke Görzig
  6. Online opportunities – Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt and Pille Runnel
  7. Digital skills in the context of media literacy – Nathalie Sonck, Els Kuiper and Jos de Haan
  8. Between public and private: Privacy in social networking sites – Reijo Kupiainen, Annikka Suoninen and Kaarina Nikunen
  9. Experimenting with the Self: A Risky Opportunity – Lucyna Kirwil and Yiannis Laouris
  10. Young Europeans’ online environments: a typology of user practices – Uwe Hasebrink
  11. Bullying – Claudia Lampert and Verónica Donoso
  12. ‘Sexting’ – the exchange of sexual messages online among European youth – Sonia Livingstone and Anke Görzig
  13. Pornography – Antonis Rovolis and Liza Tsaliki
  14. Meeting new contacts online – Monica Barbovschi, Valentina Marinescu, Anca Velicu and Eva Laszlo
  15. Excessive Internet Use among European Children – David Smahel and Lukas Blinka
  16. Coping and resilience: children’s responses to online risks – Sofie Vandoninck, Leen d’Haenens, Katia Segers
  17. Agents of mediation and sources of safety awareness: a comparative overview – Dominique Pasquier, José Alberto Simões, Elodie Kredens
  18. The Effectiveness of Parental Mediation – Maialen Garmendia, Carmelo Garitaonandia, Gemma Martínez, Miguel Ángel Casado
  19. Effectiveness of teachers’ and peer’s mediation in supporting opportunities and reducing risks online – Veronika Kalmus, Cecilia von Feilitzen and Andra Siibak
  20. Understanding digital inequality: the interplay between parental socialisation and children’s development – Ingrid Paus-Hasebrink, Cristina Ponte, Andrea Dürager and Joke Bauwens
  21. Similarities and differences across Europe – Bojana Lobe and Kjartan Olafsson
  22. Mobile access – different users, different risks, different consequences? – Gitte Stald and Kjartan Olafsson
  23. Explaining vulnerability to risk and harm – Alfredas Laurinavi?ius, Rita Žukauskien?, Laura Ustinavi?i?t?
  24. Relating online practices, negative experiences and coping strategies – Bence Ságvári, Anna Galácz
  25. Towards a general model of determinants of risk and safety – Sonia Livingstone, Uwe Hasebrink and Anke Görzig
  26. Policy implications and recommendations: Now what? – Brian O’Neill and Elisabeth Staksrud.


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