Excessive internet use among European children

David Šmahel and Lukš Blinka

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:
Excessive internet use among European children

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The term ‘excessive internet use’ is often associated with determining pathological extensive internet usage, which could also be called ‘online addiction’. Such excessive presence online is usually defined by the following components used for determining other types of addictive behaviour: salience, mood change, conflicts, tolerance, relapse, reinstatement and withdrawal symptoms. The described behaviour may lead to the social, mental and also physical impairment of children and youth. This chapter introduces and shows the prevalence of the five dimensions of excessive internet use among European children. Its relation to other psychosocial variables, such as self-efficacy, peer problems and other kinds of risky behaviour offline and online such as cyberbullying and meeting strangers online, are also analysed.

Keywords: Excessive internet use; Internet addiction; Online addiction; Problematic internet use

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