New findings comparing our surveys of 9-16 year olds in 2010 and 2013 in five European countries show:
- More use of mobile devices to go online
- A slight increase in the percentage who encountered one or more online risks
- Tablet and smart phone users more likely to encounter one or more online risks
- Rise in cyberbullying, especially for girls, though offline bullying is still greater
- Slight rise in exposure to pornography, though rates of sexting are unchanged
- A rise in meetings with strangers offline (but not online)
- A rise in exposure to negative user-generated content (but not data misuse)
- A rise in the percentage who self-report exposure to harmful experiences online, especially among girls and teens
- Qualitative research reveals kids’ struggles to manage their online environments
- Smartphone users have more safety skills but, overall, skills have declined
- Smartphone users need new skills, especially among young girls
Professor Sonia Livingstone of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) who directs the EU Kids Online project, will present the Net Children Go Mobile survey’sfindings at the annual conference of The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health in London.
For more information download the press release.