Ninety-nine percent of children aged 12-15 use the internet, as do 93% of 8-11 year olds and 75% of 5-7 year olds. New media technology means that the ways in which children are accessing online content are changing and ever evolving. Policy makers need research evidence to inform policies that articulate children's online risks, safeguard them from harm and promote their welfare. The Child Wellbeing Research Centre was commissioned by the Department for Education, working closely with the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS)1 to explore what is currently known about children's vulnerability to harm from online activity or interactions. This also complements work undertaken by NFER (2010).
This scoping review explores levels of intended and unintended exposure to specific risks; the impact of harm suffered by children; and the characteristics of children who may be at highest risk.
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Added: February 5, 2015