The EU Kids Online conference in London 22-23 September 2011 will be addressed by:

  • Pat Manson, Head of the Safer Internet Programme, European Commission
  • Professor David Finkelhor, Crimes against Children Research Center, University of New Hampshire, USA
  • Professors Sonia Livingstone and Uwe Hasebrink – presenting the EU Kids Online findings and conclusions
  • Professor Peter Smith, Goldsmiths, University of London and COST Action on Cyberbullying
  • Plus keynotes on coping and vulnerability, European comparisons, policy implications and more
  • Parallel paper sessions will present the latest research findings from researchers from over 20 countries

Registration is about to close, on 31st August, so make sure to visit to be sure of your place.

EU Kids Online publishes two new reports this week:

Patterns of risk and safety online: In-depth analyses from the EU Kids Online survey of 9- to 16-year-olds and their parents in 25 European countries reports that –

  • 11-16 year olds who are higher in self-efficacy, sensation-seeking and psychological difficulties are more likely to encounter sexual content (images, messages, etc) on the internet.
  • Those who experience more risks are more likely to experience sexual content, especially sexual messages, online.
  • Those children who bullying others online often themselves being bullied online by others.
  • Online bullying is the online risk that most upsets young people, with 85% of the victims saying they were upset to some degree by what happened.
  • Most children who saw sexual content online were not upset, however, and nor were most who went to an offline meeting with an online contact.
  • Children and parents cope with these and other risks in different ways, depending on their circumstances – for details, read the full report.

Cross-national comparison of risks and safety on the internet: Initial analysis from the EU Kids Online survey of European children

  • In countries where children have more mobile and/or private access to the internet, average time spent online is generally higher. However, in some countries, although mobile/private access is high, usage remains lower.
  • When children are categorised according to their online activities, then the percentage of users in each country classified as ‘advanced or creative users’ ranges from 14% in Romania to 50% in Sweden. At the other end of this ‘ladder of opportunities’ are children whose internet use is mostly confined to relatively simple activities – highest in Turkey and Ireland.
  • Self-reported digital literacy and safety skills are positively related to children’s diversity of online activities.
  • In general, countries with high levels of internet use also have the highest percentage of children who have encountered risks on the internet.
  • High internet use in a country is rarely associated with low risk in that country, and high risk is rarely associated with low use. Rather, the more use, the more risk. For a classification of all 25 countries, read the full report.

Next to come will be our report on policy recommendations, one on inequalities in safety resources, and then the final report of the project – all in September, so watch this space!

Please note that all our questionnaires, cross-tabulations and project materials are already on the website, and the raw data will be made publicly accessible very soon.

Sonia Livingstone, Project Director, EU Kids Online


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