Dr Kerry Hannigan
University of the Highlands and Islands
Kerry is a lecturer and module leader for the University of the Highlands and Islands, based at Perth College UHI. She completed her PhD with SCCJR, Protection and Security in a Technologically Advanced Society: A Child’s Perspective, in 2015.
The aim of this research was to gain a greater understanding of children and young people’s opinions of safety and protection on the internet. An online survey was developed for completion during school hours by children and young people between the ages of 10 and 16. The survey included questions about children and young people’s access and use of the internet, along with questions on their knowledge of current safety measures which are available. It was accessed via a web link provided to schools.
The data from the survey was then used to inform a second stage of the research involving focus groups. The focus groups involved p6 -s5/6 pupils and explored children and young people’s views in greater depth.
Keywords: Children and Internet, Internet Safety, Internet Protection