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Net Children Go Mobile – A New European Research Project [VIDEO]

NetChildrenGoMobile-535x290Net children Go Mobile – a new European project on children’s online experiences through mobile media has been launched in January. It explores questions like:

  • Does mobile internet access mean more risks to children?
  • What new risks and experiences of harm are children faced with?
  • How do they cope with the new opportunities and risks?
  • Are parents ready for handling these challenges?

Giovanna Mascheroni, italian coordinator of Net Children Go Mobile Project, explains the objectives of the research in this video:

In 2010 the EU Kids Online data showed that around one third of European children accessed the internet from mobile phones and other handheld devices. Nowadays, convergent mobile media such as smartphones and tablets are increasingly popular among European children. Such a rapid adoption and the changes associated with mobile internet access at home, school and when out and about provide children with potential new opportunities (digital inclusion, digital literacies, learning, participation and sociability) while at the same time exposing them to new risks (excessive use, withdrawal from face-to-face interaction, commercial and privacy risks connected with geo-location services, etc.). However, up-to-date and comparable findings regarding the use of convergent mobile media are still lacking.

Net Children Go Mobile is funded by the Safer Internet Programme in order to investigate Online mobile opportunities and risks through a quantitative and qualitative methodology with a specific focus on how the changing conditions of access and use of the internet bring greater or lesser risks to children’s online safety.

Net Children Go Mobile includes researchers from Denmark, Italy, Romania and the UK. These countries are emblematic of socio-cultural and technological diferences across Europe and difer in terms of the historical difusion of mobile phones, the digital cultures of their youth, the incidence of online risks among children, and in terms of childhood and parenting cultures.

These changing media ecologies have to be considered when planning policy and awareness initiatives aimed at promoting children’s online safety.

For more information go to Net children Go Mobile

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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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