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CONNECTED DOT COM: Young people’s navigation of online risks

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Research reports & papers
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Crystal Samuels, Qunita Brown, Lezanne Leoschut, Janine Jantjies and Patrick Burton.
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This study explores young people’s use of social media, the dangers faced online, and the ways in which young people negotiate their own safety online. It was conducted through focus groups in 93 schools across SA in tandem with the 2012 National School Violence Study.

As mobile – and mobile internet – penetration increases, UNICEF in South Africa is paying attention to the vulnerability of children to abuse and exploitation in the online sphere. “The study is the first of its kind in South Africa,” says Mr Patrick Burton, Executive Director of the CJCP. “It explores how children deal with the dangers they encounter online, and the strategies that they develop to mitigate these risks, rather than just focusing on the dangers themselves.”