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Behind the Curtains of e-State: Determinants of Online Sexual Harassment Among Estonian Children

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Soo, Kadri; Ainsaar, Mare; Kalmus, Veronika

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Abstract "This article analyses the risk of receiving online sexual messages and experiencing harm among Estonian children. In particular, the paper examines the association between receiving sexual messages and behavioural, psychological and demographic characteristics, and the social mediation of children’s Internet use. Estonian data from ‘EU Kids Online’ survey are used, involving 780 children aged 11-16. Results demonstrate that 19% of children who use the Internet have received online sexual messages, and 6% have felt disturbed. The probability of receiving sexual messages online is higher for children with risky online and offline behaviour and psychological difficulties. Perceiving online messages as sexually harassing is higher among children with excessive Internet use, lower levels of parental monitoring and higher levels of peer mediation of Internet use. The risk of exposure to harassing sexual messages also differs by age and, more notably, by the minority status. Mediation by parents and teachers plays an insignificant role in reducing teenagers’ risks of receiving sexual messages." (author's abstract)
Keywords sexual harassment; child; adolescent; Estonia; Internet; utilization; psychological factors; psychological consequences; mediation; sex education
Classification Interactive, electronic Media; Family Sociology, Sociology of Sexual Behavior
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
Page/Pages p. 35-48
Journal Studies of Transition States and Societies, 4 (2012) 2
ISSN 1736-8758
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications