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T HE E UROPEAN S TATUS Q UO & INTERMEDIARIES AND PROXY USERS ? Ellen Helsper DOT Celebration event Sheffield, 12 July 2012.

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1 T HE E UROPEAN S TATUS Q UO & INTERMEDIARIES AND PROXY USERS ? Ellen Helsper DOT Celebration event Sheffield, 12 July 2012

2 Access and use in Europe? Source: Worldinternetstats.org

3 EU K IDS O NLINE To enhance knowledge of the experiences and practices of European children and parents regarding risky and safer use of the internet and new online technologies, in order to inform the promotion of a safer online environment for children.

4 Usage Activities Risk factors Harm or coping INDIVIDUAL USER (CHILD) SOCIAL MEDIATION NATIONAL CONTEXT Parents SchoolPeers Child as unit of analysis Country as unit of analysis Demographic Psychological Cultural values Socio-economic stratification Regulatory framework Education system Technological infrastructure

5 (Helsper, 2012) Education & access

6 (Helsper, 2012) Age & access

7 L EARNING AND PROXY USE One third of non-users rely on family or friends to use the Internet on their behalf…. (Helsper & Godoy, 2011)

8 Use Economic circumstances household Access, experienc e and skill Children Socio-cultural background Base. OxIS 2011, Internet Users N=1,498

9 Parent Child Parent-child interaction Skill Use Socio- demographics Socio- economics ? ? Access Skill Use Socio- demographics Access

10 S UMMARY Presence of children in the household: Has an influence on quality of Internet access and use of the Internet has no impact on adult levels of self-efficacy / skill has an influence in the uptake of Internet uses beneficial to children “Usual suspects” are still more important than the child: age, education, gender, SES, self-efficacy

11 C ONCLUSION We cannot rely on children to get their parents involved with different aspects of the internet. If we want to create a truly inclusive knowledge society, both socio-economic barriers and skills barriers need to be overcome to encourage digital adult engagement.


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