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Interviews with young people using online chat
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science.
Karlstads Universitet.
2007 (English)In: Encyclopedia of information ethics and security / [ed] Quigley, Marian, Hershey: Idea Group Reference , 2007, 403-410 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

When we first started using online interviews as amethod for qualitative research, we had no thoughtsabout it being any different from face-to-face interviews.Being naturalized digital immigrants (Prensky,2001), having not used computers and the Internet fromchildhood but having become accustomed to them overtime, we did not give the methodological issues muchthought. However, when we started getting questionsabout our research, we understood that we took toomuch for granted. The questions that were raised madeus question our approaches.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hershey: Idea Group Reference , 2007. 403-410 p.
Keyword [en]
Online interviews, ethics, chat, deception, interpretation, security, power
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Pedagogical Work
Research subject
educational work
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-2531OAI: diva2:140703
Available from: 2007-09-07 Created: 2007-09-07 Last updated: 2011-06-23Bibliographically approved
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1. Bridging the distance: children’s strategies on the internet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Bridging the distance: children’s strategies on the internet
2007 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis deals with the following questions: What do children find negative on the Internet? What counter strategies do they use? How have they developed these strategies? The method used is one-to-one online interviews and the analyses are qualitative in nature. The sample is children in grade 6 of the Swedish compulsory school, aged between 11 and 13. 104 children, 52 girls and 52 boys, from different parts of Sweden were interviewed.

The media debate seems to display consensus regarding what threats the Internet poses to young people. The conclusion of this thesis is, however, that children’s views of the Internet in many ways differ from the media related adult view. The children of this study do not express a great deal of anxiety about the negative sides of the Internet. They are aware of, and can describe many downsides but these are not present in their everyday use of the Internet. Digging deeper it turns out that many children have in fact well-developed counter strategies. However, these strategies are not conscious in the sense that the children discuss them. Instead, they seem integrated in their online environment. The counter strategies have been developed by the children alone or together with peers. In some, but remarkably few, cases adults have been giving tips or teaching the children strategies. Nevertheless, the study does not paint a picture of naïve children, unable to see actual threats, but of responsible young citizens who are aware of the threats that exist in their online setting – sometimes from personal experience – and have developed methods to avoid such threats.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Interaktiva medier och lärande, 2007. 50 p.
Doktorsavhandlingar i pedagogiskt arbete, ISSN 1650-8858 ; 18
Internet, net cultures, children, digital native, online threats, counter-strategies, online interviews, online ethics
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Pedagogical Work
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-1340 (URN)978-91-7264-371-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2007-09-28, Hörsal G, Humanisthuset, Umeå universitet, Umeå, 10:00
Available from: 2007-09-07 Created: 2007-09-07Bibliographically approved

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