The internet and young people with Additional Support Needs (ASN): Risk and safety

Bannon, Stephanie, McGlynn, Tracy, McKenzie, Karen and Quayle, Ethel (2015) The internet and young people with Additional Support Needs (ASN): Risk and safety. Computers in Human Behavior, 53. pp. 495-503. ISSN 0747-5632

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The aim of this study was to investigate the understanding of online risks by young people with Additional Support Needs and this group’s ability to manage these risks. Six focus groups with 36 young people (13–18) were run in local schools. Discussions were recorded, transcribed and analysed using Framework Analysis. Two themes were identified ‘Identity and Connectedness’ and ‘Issues relating to Risk’. The theme ‘Issues relating to Risk’ is presented in the current article. Results showed that young people with ASN are aware of a range of risks online and have developed some strategies to manage these. Issues including supervision and the diverse range of ability within the population are also shown to present barriers to ensuring online safety. The results were discussed in light of literature relating to online risk, safety and potential psychological impact indicating that the internet may also provide important opportunities for young people with ASN to improve psychological well-being.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Available online 9th February 2015.
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Karen McKenzie
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2015 09:41
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 17:28

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