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Children's strategies on the internet
Umeå University, Faculty of Teacher Education, Department of Interactive Media and Learning.
2008 (English)In: Critical studies in education, ISSN 1750-8487, Vol. 49, no 2, 171-184 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper presents the results of an interview study of 104 12‐year old children. The aim was to learn more about how children use the Internet, what they find negative on the Internet and what coping strategies they use. The media debate seems to display consensus regarding what threats the Internet poses to young people. However, this study shows a discrepancy between children's and adults' views on this subject. The children in the study handle the drawbacks of the Internet well, but they do not discuss this with adults. The study does not paint a picture of naïve children, unable to see actual threats, but of responsible people aware of the threats that exist in their digital environment and with developed methods to avoid such threats.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2008. Vol. 49, no 2, 171-184 p.
Keyword [en]
children, counter‐strategies, Internet
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-2532DOI: 10.1080/17508480802123914OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-2532DiVA: diva2:140704
Available from: 2007-09-07 Created: 2007-09-07 Last updated: 2012-05-16Bibliographically 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.
Series
Doktorsavhandlingar i pedagogiskt arbete, ISSN 1650-8858 ; 18
Keyword
Internet, net cultures, children, digital native, online threats, counter-strategies, online interviews, online ethics
National Category
Pedagogical Work
Identifiers
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
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Available from: 2007-09-07 Created: 2007-09-07Bibliographically approved

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