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What we know, what we do not know

Verónica Donoso, Kjartan Ólafsson and Thorbjörn Broddason

in Kids online

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9781847424396
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302643 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424396.003.0002
What we know, what we do not know

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Young people, the so-called ‘Net generation’, constitute a vulnerable group, potentially ‘at risk’ from some of the new information and communication technologies. But what do we know about this age group and their online behaviour? What does current research tell us about children's experiences online? Does research provide enough evidence of the positive and negative consequences of children's uses of the internet? Based on the identification and analysis of almost 400 European studies about children and their online practices, this chapter seeks to identify the key research questions regarding children's access and uses of the internet and related online technologies. It attempts to map the emerging research agenda, reflecting on current pressing research gaps, and on the principles that have guided research so far and those which should guide future research in the field.

Keywords: internet; online technologies; research agenda; online behaviour; young people

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