Risks and safety for Australian children on the internet

This report based on internet use by children aged 9-16 has recently been published.

This report presents the Australian findings for research which parallels the EU Kids Online project (see www.eukidsonline.net). Specifically, it includes selected findings, calculated and interpreted for Australia only. The Australian research was funded by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation in 2010 and involved 400 children and their families, a smaller sample than the 1,000 families per country in the other 25 nations.

It specifically deals with:

1. KEY FINDINGS  7
1.1 Context ………………………………………………….. 7
1.2 Usage ……………………………………………………. 7
1.3 Activities ………………………………………………… 8
1.4 Subjective harm ………………………………………. 8
1.5 Specific risks …………………………………………… 9
1.6 Parental mediation …………………………………. 10
1.7 Other forms of mediation …………………………. 10
1.8 Conclusions ………………………………………….. 11
2. INTRODUCTION 12
2.1 Overview ……………………………………………… 12
2.2 Theoretical framework …………………………….. 12
2.3 Methodology …………………………………………. 13
3. USAGE  14
3.1 Where/how children go online …………………… 14
3.2 Digital literacy and safety skills …………………. 17
3.3 Excessive use of the internet ……………………. 18
4. ACTIVITIES  20
4.1 Range of online activities …………………………. 20
4.2 Quality of online content ………………………….. 21
4.3 Children’s use of social networking sites
(SNS) ………………………………………………….. 22
5. RISK AND HARM 27
5.1 Overall experiences of harm …………………….. 27
5.2 Sexual images online ……………………………… 28
5.3 Bullying online……………………………………….. 31
5.4 Sending and receiving sexual messages
online ………………………………………………….. 33
5.5 Meeting online contacts offline ………………….. 36
5.6 Potentially harmful user-generated
content ………………………………………………… 37
5.7 Misuse of personal data …………………………… 38
6. MEDIATION  39
6.1 Parents ………………………………………………… 39
6.2 Judging parental mediation ………………………. 47
6.3 Teachers ………………………………………………. 51
6.4 Peers …………………………………………………… 53
6.5 Parent, teacher and peer mediation
compared ……………………………………………… 54
6.6 Sources of safety awareness ……………………. 55
7. CONCLUSION  58
ANNEX 1: EU KIDS ONLINE 68
Overview ……………………………………………………….. 68
Objectives ………………………………………………………. 68
Work packages ……………………………………………….. 68
International Advisory Panel ………………………………. 68
ANNEX 2: SURVEY DETAILS 69
Sampling ……………………………………………………….. 69
Fieldwork ……………………………………………………….. 69
Data processing ………………………………………………. 69
Research materials ………………………………………….. 70
ENDNOTES  71
  • Where/how children go online
  • Digital literacy and safety skills
  • Excessive use of the internet
  • Range of online activities
  • Quality of online content
  • Children’s use of social networking sites
  • Overall experiences of harm
  • Sexual images online
  • Bullying online
  • Sending and receiving sexual messages  online
  • Meeting online contacts offline
  • Potentially harmful user-generated  content
  • Misuse of personal data
  • Parents
  • Judging parental mediation
  • Teachers
  • Peers
  • Parent, teacher and peer mediation  compared
  • Sources of safety awareness

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