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eYouth

Balancing between Opportunities and Risks

Edited By Wannes Heirman, Sara Mels, Christiane Timmerman, Heidi Vandenbosch and Michel Walrave

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.

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Preface ................................................................................................... 9 eYouth: Between Trust, Concerns and Science ............................... 13 Michel Walrave PART I ACCESS: INVESTIGATING DIGITAL GAPS The Media Richness of Flemish Teenagers: A Multi-method Approach to the Appropriation of Media Technologies ........................................................................ 37 Cédric Courtois, Peter Mechant & Steve Paulussen Digital Inequalities Among the Digital Native: The End of a Myth? ............................................................................ 57 Périne Brotcorne PART II CONTENT: YOUNG PEOPLE AS CONSUMERS AND PRODUCERS The Social Meaning of Young People’s Online Creativity .............. 79 Joke Bauwens & Chris Vleugels Youngsters and Online Political Participation: A Story in Need of Qualification ..................................................... 101 Peter Thijssen Children and Online News: A Suboptimal Relationship: Quantitative and Qualitative Research in Flanders ...................... 125 Rozane De Cock Positive Parents Taking Action: Parental Mediation of Children’s Digital Game-playing ................................................ 141 Willem Oosting, Yvonne A.W. De Kort & Wijnand A. IJsselsteijn 8 PART III CONTACT: PEER RELATIONSHIP-BUILDING AND NEW FORMS OF PEER AGGRESSION Cyberbullying Related Behaviour and Third-Person Effect ........ 163 Bernhard Goodwin & Nayla Fawzi Students’ Perspectives on Cyberbullying Prevention Practices ... 181 Ellen M. Kraft & Jinchang Wang Fotologs and Love Socialisation Processes: A Conventional or a Transformative Model of Sexuality and Relationships? ....... 215 Iolanda Tortajada, Cilia Willem, Lucrezia Crescenzi, Núria Araüna & Itxaso Tellado PART IV EMPOWERMENT AND PROTECTION: PARENTS, TEACHERS AND POLICY MAKERS’ ROLE Institutional Filters on Children’s Internet Use: An Additional Explanation of Cross-national Differences in Parental Mediation ....................................................................... 235 Veronika Kalmus & Triin Roosalu Alternative Regulatory Instruments Versus Fundamental Rights: Match Made in Heaven or Recipe for Disaster? .............. 251 Eva Lievens Regulatory Initiatives for Managing Online Risks and Opportunities for Youths: The...

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