Media representations and children's discourses on online risks: Findings from qualitative research in nine European countries

Mascheroni, Giovanna; Jorge, Ana; Farrugia, Lorleen
June 2014
Cyberpsychology;2014, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p24
Academic Journal
Prior research has pointed to cross-national variations in media attention for online risks, which are then mirrored in parental concerns regarding the internet. However, little is known so far about how the discursive environment around opportunities and risks of the internet for children shapes the very context in which children's own perceptions are developed and their online experiences are situated. The aim of this contribution is threefold: (1) to understand how and to what extent children's perceptions of online risks incorporate media representations, parental worries and discourses circulating among peers; (2) to identify any age- or gender-specific patterns in the appropriation and conversion of media, parents' and peers' discourses; and (3) to identify whether there are cross-cultural variations in risk perceptions.


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