When adolescents receive sexual messages on the internet: explaining experiences of risk and harm

Livingstone, Sonia and Görzig, Anke (2014) When adolescents receive sexual messages on the internet: explaining experiences of risk and harm. Computers in Human Behavior, 33. pp. 8-15. ISSN 0747-5632

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Abstract

This article reports new findings on the incidence of risk and the associated experience of harm reported by children and adolescents aged 11–16, regarding receipt of sexual messages on the internet (known popularly as sexting). Findings showed that the main predictors of the risk of seeing or receiving sexual messages online are age (older), psychological difficulties (higher), sensation seeking (higher) and risky online and offline behavior (higher). By contrast, the main predictors of harm resulting from receiving such messages were age (younger), gender (girls), psychological difficulties (higher) and sensation seeking (lower), with no effect for risky online or offline behavior. The findings suggest that accounts of internet-related risks should distinguish between predictors of risk and harm. Since some exposure to risk is necessary to build resilience, rather than aiming to reduce risk through policy and practical interventions, the findings can be used to more precisely target those who experience harm in order to reduce harm overall from internet use.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adolescence, Harm, Online risk, Risk behavior, Sensation seeking, Sexual messages
Subjects: Social sciences > Communication and culture
Psychology
Social sciences
Depositing User: Anke Goerzig
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2015 16:58
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2017 13:33
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1401

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