RESEARCH

Research partners are key stakeholders in the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) agenda, providing a body of knowledge and evidence on issues affecting children and young people online today. Armed with this knowledge, we are able to identify emerging trends and shape appropriate responses and create effective resources for the challenges presented.

On this page, you'll find a selection of articles corresponding to the work of research partners in the better and safer internet field.

Teens play an active role in their own online safety, new Microsoft research shows

It's fundamental that each of us plays a critical role in our own online safety, and young people and teens are no exception. Adults could take a cue from teens in this area, however, as teenagers are more likely to act in response to online risk, defend others and ask for help, according to preliminary results of a new Microsoft study.

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New report examines the impact of the Internet of Toys

The Internet of Toys (IoToys) is part of the growing world of the Internet of Things (IoT). While certain internet-connected toys are part of some children's daily lives (such as toys-to-life which connect to video games), they are yet to become an everyday experience for most young children. Nonetheless, the diffusion of internet-connected toys is expected to grow significantly in the next few years.

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Latest roundup from Parenting for a Digital Future – Spring 2017

  • Research
  • 11/05/2017
  • Parenting for a Digital Future

Our colleagues at Parenting for a Digital Future share the latest roundup of news on their blog.

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UN report on protecting children from bullying and cyberbullying

Ending the torment: tackling bullying from the schoolyard to cyberspace is the title of a recent research report from the United Nations, prefaced by Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children. It is published in the framework of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals and, in particular, Target 16.2 to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children.

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New research toolkit for the study of online risk

  • Research
  • 28/03/2017
  • Global Kids Online

Global Kids Online has recently developed a research toolkit for the study of children's online risks, opportunities and rights in the digital age.

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Cyberbullying roundup from Parenting for a Digital Future

  • Awareness
  • 28/03/2017
  • Parenting for a Digital Future, LSE

The issue of cyberbullying is often top-of-mind for parents who fear not only that their children will be victims of bullying, but also that they may be acting as bullies themselves. 

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Latest roundup from Parenting for a Digital Future

  • Research
  • 15/12/2016
  • Parenting for a Digital Future

Our colleagues at Parenting for a Digital Future share their latest roundup of news on their blog.

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Empowering children to cope with embedded advertising

The December 2016 edition of the BIK bulletin focuses on online adverting and the commercialisation of childhood. Here, we hear from Ini Vanwesenbeeck, Verolien Cauberghe and Liselot Hudders from Ghent University on the Belgian AdLit research project which seeks to identify how best to empower children to cope with embedded advertising online.

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Kids and the connected home

  • Awareness
  • 12/12/2016
  • FOSI and the Future of Privacy Forum

On 1 December 2016, FOSI (Family Online Safety Institute) and the Future of Privacy Forum released a white paper on ‘Kids and the Connected Home: Privacy in the Age of Connected Dolls, Talking Dinosaurs, and Battling Robots'.

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Do online risks have real-world consequences?

Debating the offline consequences of online behaviour is a frequent topic of discussion in the current digital age, by both internet safety experts and end-users alike.

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