Culture, Media and Sport CommitteeWritten evidence submitted by Net Children Go Mobile

1. This statement is submitted on behalf of the Net Children Go Mobile Project www.netchildrengomobile.eu by Leslie Haddon and Jane Vincent of the London School of Economics and Political Science, the UK contributors to this EU funded Safer Internet Programme1 (SI-2012-KEP-411201) led by Giovanna Mascheroni of the Catholic University of Milan.

2. Summary Description of the Structure and Background of the Project:

The Net Children Go Mobile project is addressing the opportunities and risks for children aged 9–16 regarding their use of mobile internet. In particular it aims to understand and discern the mobile internet experience from the PC-based internet experience.

The project is delivering comparable findings regarding mobile internet usage, skills, participation and risks among children in UK, Denmark, Italy and Romania.2

A quantitative survey of 2000 children has already been completed in these four EU countries. The initial findings on access and use will be reported at the Safer Internet Forum3 on 17 October 2013, and published on our web site www.netchildrengomobile.eu .

Data on risks and mediation will be published on the Safer Internet Day, 11 February 2014.

Qualitative research is currently being conducted and is due for completion in January 2014.

Topics being explored include:

The research will report on issues including children accessing inappropriate adult content as well as managing abusive and threatening behaviours.

The outcome will be disseminated in the form of key recommendations relevant to the development of safety awareness and policy.4

We welcome the opportunity to discuss our findings with the CMS Select Committee both from our UK research as well as the results of the complementary studies by our EU partners from Italy, Denmark, Romania, Ireland and Portugal.

September 2013

1 http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/self-regulation-better-internet-kids

2 Additional countries, Ireland and Portugal have now joined this project on a self-funded basis and their results will be included in the analysis during the forthcoming months.

3 http://www.cvent.com/events/safer-internet-forum-2013/event-summary-e6c8907d87cf4e719aceb823e13c3463.aspx

4 For example some initial findings regarding use of mobile internet in schools have been published http://www.netchildrengomobile.eu/news/first-findings-of-netchildren-published-on-insafe/

Prepared 18th March 2014