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Interactive media technologies challenges and risks among youth in Sweden.: 11 children’s and 11 parents’ thoughts and experiences about Internet and video games
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.
2009 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Interactive media technologies like the Internet and video games have opened new avenues of opportunity for many, yet at the same time they represent new challenges and risks, especially for young people.

In our study, eleven families were interviewed. Their perceptions, experiences and risk management are described in this paper. The children we interviewed were not high media consumers. The vast majority appeared to have a positive attitude towards the Internet, and had learned to handle common interactive media challenges and risk. Nonetheless some online behaviors which we consider risky were indeed commonly practiced. The most commonly encountered risk experienced by children in our study was exposure to undesirable content. Yet, in a group of eleven children two had been victim of cyberbullying and one had been harassed by some classmate or family member.

The most recurrent negative comments parents made about the internet or video games and children were about the danger of being contacted by strangers, as well as the excessive use of the interactive media technologies.


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , 62 p.
Keyword [en]
Internet risk, online challenges, online dangers, video games, children and internet
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified History of Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-28837OAI: diva2:226925
2009-06-04, 00:00 (English)

Available from: 2009-08-28 Created: 2009-07-07 Last updated: 2010-05-06Bibliographically approved

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