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Research

Research summaries from the Evidence Group of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety

Research and evidence is vital to inform the promotion of a safer online environment for children. The UKCCIS Evidence Group provides UKCCIS with a timely, critical and rigorous account of the relevant research. It includes representatives from academia, NGOs and police, and meets regularly in order to identify, evaluate and commission new research relevant to child internet safety.

The Research Highlights Series overviews new findings as they become available. The Evidence Group exercises editorial control over the selection and production of these Research Highlights, and we invite researchers and stakeholders to inform us of recent and ongoing research.

Latest Highlights:

114: The Impact of Online Pornography on Children and Young People

Dr Elena Martellozzo and Dr Miranda A.H. Horvath, Middlesex University (June 2017) Full publication

A summary of the results of a large scale, multimethod research project examining the experiences and perceptions of online pornography of young people aged 11-16 in the UK.  The first phase of the project involved an online discussion forum and 4 online focus groups segregated by age with 34 young people to inform the design of the survey. The second phase consisted of an online survey with 1001 young people. In the final stage, 6 online focus groups segregated by age and gender were conducted with 40 young people to provide more in-depth information about elements of the online survey findings. The sample was representative of the four nations of the UK. The project was commissioned by the NSPCC and the Children’s Commissioner (OCC).

113: CHILDWISE Monitor Report 2017

Childwise (Jan 2017) Full publication 

An overview of the results of the CHILDWISE Monitor Report 2017. This large scale, quantitative study consulted a sample of nearly 2000 children and young people aged 5–16 in 69 schools across the UK.  Children aged 5 and 6 were subject to face to face interview, and children aged 7–16 were surveyed online. Data were collected during September and October 2016.

112: Self-Produced Images – Risk Taking Online (SPIRTO) Project

Dr Ethel Quayle et al (July 2015) Full publication 

The EU funded SPIRTO Project examined the risks related to young people generating and sharing sexual content (or ‘sexting’) in Sweden, Germany and the UK. It used a mixed method approach which included analysis of anonymised archival data to examine the prevalence of self-taken images in the Child Exploitation Image Database (ICSE-DB). Qualitative interviews (N = 51) were also undertaken exploring the experiences of young people who had sent or posted self-produced images when aged under 18. The final phase involved the development and evaluation of short, animated films based on the results of the project. 

111: UK Schools Online Safety Policy and Practice Assessment 2016

Professor Andy Phippen (Oct 2016) Full publication 

An overview of the results of the analysis of the self-assessment data collected from the 360 degree safe tool (https://360safe.org.uk/) launched by SWGfL in November 2009, and used by over 8000 schools across the country.

110: Adolescents and Self-Taken Sexual Images: A Review of the Literature

Dr Ethel Quayle & Dr Karen Cooper (University of Edinburgh, UK), Prof Carl-Göran Svedin & Dr Linda Jonsson (Linköping University, Sweden) (Aug 2016) Full publication

A summary of the results of a systematic review of the literature relating to sexting behaviours among young people aged under 25 across nine interdisciplinary databases (e.g., psychology, sociology, health, media studies and education). The review examined young people’s experiences of sending (rather than receiving or viewing) nude or nearly nude pictures or images via a mobile or online, as well as related risks and consequences. 

109: Cyberbullying Involvement Roles and Viewing of Suicide-Related Web-Content

Dr. Anke Görzig (Aug 2016) Full publication 

An overview of the results of a study investigating the relationships between cyberbullying roles, viewing of specific suicide-related web content, and psychological problems in young people. Data from a representative sample of N = 19,406 (50% girls) 11–16-year-olds across 25 European countries were analysed. This was collected as part of the EU Kids Online Study.

108: Safer Internet Day 2017: Power of Image - A Report into the Role and Influence of Images and Videos in Young People’s Digital Lives

UK Safer Internet Centre (Feb 2017) Full publication 

A summary of the results of an online survey of representative group of 1,500 young people aged 8-17 exploring the role of images and videos in their digital lives, and related influences on self-esteem, behaviour and emotions. The research was conducted by ResearchBods between 1-8 December 2016. Participants were part of the SurveyBods Consumer Access panel, which has a specialist youth section enabling young people under the age of 16 to directly complete surveys.

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Disclaimer

The research documents on this web page do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department for Education or UKCCIS members, including its Executive Board. They provide evidence and statistics which may inform UKCCIS’s direction and work.