Maximising opportunities and minimising risks for children online

Jos de Haan

in Kids online

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9781847424396
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302643 | DOI:
Maximising opportunities and minimising risks for children online

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Guided by a conceptual framework including different forms of online risks and opportunities, this chapter makes policy recommendations regarding children's use of the internet. It asks how positive uses of new technologies can be stimulated, what we can learn from existing research on how to prevent children from harm in online environments, and how children can learn to cope with negative experiences. Realizing that providing opportunities is one possible way to reduce risks, the classification of opportunities and risks builds on a three-Cs approach: content, contact, and conduct. This classification derives from the three modes of communication afforded by the internet: content – one-to-many (child as recipient of mass-distributed content); contact – adult/child-to-child (child as participant in an interactive situation); and conduct – peer-to-peer (child as actor in an interaction in which s/he may be the initiator or perpetrator).

Keywords: online risk; online opportunities; internet use; content; contact; conduct

Chapter.  4315 words. 

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