Document Type



ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI)


Faculty of Education and Arts


School of Communications and Arts




This is an Authors Manuscript of an article published as: Green, L., Brady, D., Holloway, D., Staksrud, E., & Olafasson, K. (2013). What bothers Australian kids online? Children comment on bullies, porn and violence. ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation. Kelvin Grove, QLD. Available online here.


This briefing on what bothers Australian kids online builds upon a short report from the EU Kids Online network: In their own words: What bothers children online? Based upon research across 25 European nations, with 25,142 children (aged 9-16) and the parent or caregiver most involved in supporting the child’s internet use, the In their own words report addresses children’s answers to the question: ‘What things on the internet would bother people about your age?’ Children had not been asked about troubling content at this stage in the research, so their open-ended answers to this question represent the issues and subjects of
concern that first came to mind when they thought about the kinds of online experiences that would trouble a child of about their age.
The EU Kids Online short report In their own words: What bothers children online? can be accessed at The report’s authors are: Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK; Lucyna Kirwil, Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland; Cristina Ponte, Lisbonne University, Portugal; and Elisabeth Staksrud, University of Oslo, Norway, together with members of the EU Kids Online network. The Australian report is based on this prior work by Livingstone et al (2013), and acknowledges that all intellectual property and rights in this research belong to the EU Kids Online network, which is funded by the EC (DG Information Society) Safer Internet plus Programme (project code SIP-KEP-321803) (2006-2014); see The full report of the EU Kids Online project examines risks and opportunities associated with children’s internet use in 25 European nations. It details the methodology used for the random selection of participants and is available from:

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