Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Online risk, harm and vulnerability: Reflections on the evidence base for child Internet safety policy

"Implicitly, if not always explicitly, policy initiatives assume particular motives,
knowledge and practices on the part of children. These assumptions may be well
founded or, instead, unnecessarily anxious or already dated. If we think young people are living their leisure lives alone in their bedrooms, we will take a different view
of social support they may need compared with if we see them as richly embedded
in their peer group. If we see them as strong and able to cope with what life throws
at them, the policy agenda will take a different direction compared with if we see
them as at risk. Here lies the value of direct research with children and their lifeworld
online as well as offline"


The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), s.livingstone@lse.ac.uk