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).
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.
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.
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 (www.eukidsonline.net), 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).
Joris Van Ouytsel, Koen Ponnet and Michel Walrave (Nov 2017)
A summary of the results of a study investigating the extent to which perceived social norms about cyber dating abuse, witnessing controlling behaviour among parents, and the endorsement of gender stereotypes are linked with adolescents’ engagement in digital controlling behaviours. The study sample consisted of 1187 students (61.3% girls, n = 728) from 7 secondary schools in Flanders, Belgium. The study reports on a subsample of 466 students (71.0% girls) who were in “a romantic relationship with someone or had a romantic partner” at the time that the study was conducted.
Joris Van Ouytsel, Ellen Van Gool, Michel Walrave, Koen Ponnet and Emilie Peeters (Nov 2017)
A summary of the results of a study examining high school students’ perceptions of sexting behaviour. 57 adolescents (66.67% females) participated in 11 focus groups examining the role of digital media within romantic relationships. The focus group interviews were conducted between March and May 2015. Each focus group included 3-8 participants between 15 and 18 years old.
A summary of the results of a large scale study examining the opportunities and risks experienced by young people in their online lives. The sample consisted of 1,696 11–18 year olds who were engaged through schools across the UK and Childline’s engagement platforms (e.g., Facebook). Young people were asked to complete a survey about their online behaviour and knowledge around online safety, as well as to conduct detailed reviews of specific platforms. Data collection ran from December 2016 to February 2017. The NSPCC and O2 also consulted with 674 parents and carers through the research firm, YouGov.
Dr Elena Martellozzo and Dr Miranda A.H. Horvath, Middlesex University (June 2017)
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).
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.
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.