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The meaning of online problematic situations for children: results of qualitative cross-cultural investigation in nine European

This report from EU Kids Online advises that sensationalist coverage of online risks such as cyberbullying or the dangers of meeting an online ‘friend’ offline, may be acting as a barrier to effectively educating children on e-safety.

The findings reveal that children are strongly influenced by the media's often sensationalist reporting of certain online risks, despite the fact that these are in reality less likely to be experienced by the majority of online users. This can lead to them focusing more attention on these potential risks than those they are more likely to experience, such as exposure to violent or sexual content, which is in reality a more common online problem reported by children, or witnessing or receiving nasty messages.

The report recommends that e-safety education should therefore incorporate the need to educate children on the drawbacks of some media coverage as well as warning about potential online dangers.

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The meaning of online problematic situations for children: results of qualitative cross-cultural investigation in nine European countries