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Theoretical framework for children's internet use

Sonia Livingstone and Leslie Haddon

in Children, risk and safety on the internet

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9781847428837
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307723 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847428837.003.0001
Theoretical framework for children's internet use

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Many hopes and fears surround children's increasing immersion in the digital and networked culture of the internet. Arguing against technological determinism, this chapter locates internet adoption and appropriation within the wider context of changing childhoods in late modernity and the risk society. It provides an overview of the EU Kids Online network. It then examines three core debates over the question: of childhood (contesting the notion of ‘digital native’), risk (contesting moral and media panics) and responsibility (arguing for effective multi-stakeholder alliances to improve children's online experiences). The chapter concludes with the working model that has guided the data collection, analysis and interpretation in the chapters that follow.

Keywords: Digital natives; Technological determinism; Risk society; Moral panics; Multi-stakeholder alliances; Risks and opportunities; Contexts of childhood; Risk of harm

Chapter.  5099 words.  Illustrated.

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