Is the internet really transforming children and young people's lives? Is the so-called 'digital generation' genuinely benefiting
from exciting new opportunities? And, worryingly, facing new risks? This major new book by a leading researcher addresses
these pressing questions. It deliberately avoids a techno-celebratory approach and, instead, interprets children's everyday
practices of internet use in relation to the complex and changing historical and cultural conditions of childhood in late
modernity. Uniquely, Children and the Internet reveals the complex dynamic between online opportunities and online risks,
exploring this in relation to much debated issues such as: Digital in/exclusion Learning and literacy Peer networking and
privacy Civic participation Risk and harm Drawing on current theories of identity, development, education and participation,
this book includes a refreshingly critical account of the challenging realities undermining the great expectations held out
for the internet - from governments, teachers, parents and children themselves.
It concludes with a forward-looking framework
for policy and regulation designed to advance children's rights to expression, connection and play online as well as offline.