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eYouth

Balancing between Opportunities and Risks

by Wannes Heirman (Volume editor) Sara Mels (Volume editor) Christiane Timmerman (Volume editor) Heidi Vandenbosch (Volume editor) Michel Walrave (Volume editor)
Edited Collection 296 Pages

Summary

The omnipresence of ICT in modern households has provided children and adolescents with plenty of opportunities for education, entertainment and contact. This young age group, however, is increasingly confronted with a range of online risks relating to personal contact and inappropriate content. This duality was the central thread of an international multidisciplinary conference from which this book presents a selection of excellent papers.
After providing the reader with a typology of the benefits of and threats arising from young people’s internet use, the book elaborates on the issue of online access and the extent to which the young use ICT in their daily lives. The authors also consider the opportunities young people now have to use and produce online content, as well as the tremendous contact opportunities offered by social network sites. Alongside these opportunities, risks such as cyberbullying are examined too. The final part of the book is devoted to young people’s empowerment and protection. The roles of parents, schools and governments are scrutinized in the context of allowing young people to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of the internet.

Details

Pages
296
ISBN (PDF)
9783035261530
ISBN (Softcover)
9789052017846
Language
English
Publication date
2012 (April)
Published
Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2012. 296 pp., 11 fig., 34 tables

Biographical notes

Wannes Heirman (Volume editor) Sara Mels (Volume editor) Christiane Timmerman (Volume editor) Heidi Vandenbosch (Volume editor) Michel Walrave (Volume editor)

Michel Walrave is an associate professor at the University of Antwerp, where he is head of the Department of Communication Studies. He is responsible for the research group MIOS and his own research concerns ICT-related (privacy) risks. Wannes Heirman is a researcher in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Antwerp. He is currently investigating young people’s response to online marketing and privacy issues. Sara Mels is project coordinator at the University Centre Saint-Ignatius Antwerp (UCSIA). Christiane Timmerman is director of the Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies at the University of Antwerp and former academic director of the University Centre Saint-Ignatius Antwerp. Heidi Vandebosch is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Antwerp. Her main research interest is in cyber bullying amongst young people.

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