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Research Highlight Series

127: Social Media, Social Capital and Adolescents Living in State Care: A Multi-Perspective and Multi-Method Qualitative Study

Dr Simon P Hammond, Professor Neil Cooper and Mr Peter Jordan (Centre for Research on the Child and Family, University of East Anglia) (May 2018)

A summary of the results of a 4-year long Digital Life Story Work programme exploring how adolescents in residential care settings use digital technologies to reflect on their lived experiences. Ten adolescents (six males and four females, mean age 15 years, age range 14-18 years) and thirty-five residential social care professionals from across four homes were recruited. Multiple qualitative data collection methods were used (e.g., reflective fieldnotes from observations and transcripts from conversations during observations, focus groups, semi-structured interviews and in-situ recordings of conversations stimulated by adolescents’ use of their social media accounts). 

126: Project deSHAME: Young People’s Experiences of Online Sexual Harassment

Maithreyi Rajeshkumar (Childnet) and Jo Bryce (University of Central Lancashire) (March 2018)

A summary of a large scale study examining young people’s experiences of peer-related online sexual harassment in Denmark, Hungary and the UK. 3,257 young people aged 13-17 years in the UK (n=1,559), Denmark (n=915) and Hungary (n=783) completed an online questionnaire. 107 young people aged 13-17 years also took part in focus groups in the UK (n=39), Denmark (n=29) and Hungary (n=39) addressing this issue.


125: Safer Internet Day 2018 - Digital Friendships: The Role of Technology in Young People’s Relationships

Maithreyi Rajeshkumar and Chris Heal (UK Safer Internet Centre) (February 2018)

A summary of a large scale study examining the role of technology in young people’s relationships, the impact of this on their wellbeing, and how they want the adults in their lives to support them. The survey was conducted online by Censuswide between 15-18th December 2017 with a representative sample of 2000 young people aged 8-17 years old in the United Kingdom.

124: Offence Processes of Online Sexual Grooming and Abuse of Children Via Internet Communication Platforms

Dr Juliane Kloess (University of Birmingham), Dr Catherine Hamilton-Giachritsis (University of Bath), and Professor Anthony R. Beech (University of Birmingham) (July 2017)

A summary of the results of a qualitative study examining the context in which sexual grooming occurs as part of sexually exploitative interactions with young people online. A five case series, comprising 29 transcripts of 22 interactions, were analysed using thematic analysis. These were identified and selected by the police forces involved based on meeting the criteria of the offender having committed (a) an offence of sexual grooming under Section 15 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Home Office, 2003), or (b) any other offence under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 that included sexual grooming. 

123: Does Young People’s Tendency to Experience Risks Reach Across the Online/Offline Divide?

Dr Anke Görzig and the EU Kids Online UK Team (LSE) (January 2018) 

A summary of the results of a large scale study examining whether online and offline risk experiences: a) are behaviourally distinct, b) share the same common underlying propensity to experience risks, or c) both – show a mixture of joint and distinct properties. Data came from the LSE EU Kids Online study (, a random sample of 25,000 Internet-using children aged 9-16 across 25 European countries. For ethical reasons answers from 11-16 year olds only were used for this study, resulting in a sample of 19,406 (50% girls).