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DOI: 10.31921/doxacom
Pre-print #28, January-June 2019


Carmelo Garitaonandia, Inaki Karrera, Nekane Larrañaga
Title Media convergence, risk and harm to children online Summary Mobile media such as smartphones and tablets allow children to have more flexible and personalized habits, and create new opportunities for private use within the home, school and public spaces. The project known as Net Children Go Mobile, in which Denmark, Italy, United Kingdom, Romania, Belgium, Ireland, Portugal and Spain have participated, is focused on the analysis of this new reality and its possible consequences for children. This study presents the most significant results of this project in Spain, based on a survey of 500 Spanish children between the ages of 9 and 16, and either their father or their mother. One of the major findings is that online risk does not necessarily lead to harm, as indicated by the children themselves. In fact, the research project entitled EU Kids Online showed that children who face the highest number of online risks are not necessarily the ones who suffer the most harmful consequences; on the contrary, they are usually the ones who have greater skills and develop more resilience. Keywords Internet, children, risks, harm, cyberbullying, sexting.

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