Internet risks and expert views: a case study of the insider perspectives of youth workers in Hong Kong
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香港中文大學研究人員

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摘要This study collects and analyses the viewpoints of front-line youth workers regarding the notion of 'Internet risks'. Previous studies have examined and discussed various dangers of the Internet. Parental, school, and governmental interventions are often called for by those concerned. The implicit assumption is that these are the people who possess the expertise to tackle the problems at hand. Through participation in three forums focusing on 'Internet risks', and in-depth interviews with 10 such 'experts' in Hong Kong, the study examines if this is a valid assumption. It finds that experts perceive Internet risks rather differently. In addition to the more conventional views about content, contact and conduct risks, our interviewees are aware that a new order is quickly emerging in the new media environment. Despite being considered as 'experts', they do not necessarily know how to tackle the so-called 'youth-at-risk'. Rather, they are exploring how they would capitalize on the opportunities offered by the developments. The key findings highlight the need to critically review the notion of 'Internet risks'. As with other risk frameworks, the ultimate aim is to develop intervention programmes. In this regard, risks are often treated as concrete problems that can be solved. Youth experts, however, find that the changing scope, speed and persistence of communication in today's information society present the biggest challenge in youth work. The existing framework of risks was unable to describe and account for such risks. In response, Internet risk has to be reconceptualized so that more updated, relevant and imaginative intervention can be introduced.
著者Chu D
期刊名稱Information, Communication and Society
出版年份2016
月份8
日期2
卷號19
期次8
出版社ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
頁次1077 - 1094
國際標準期刊號1369-118X
電子國際標準期刊號1468-4462
語言英式英語
關鍵詞communication studies; Internet risks; media literacy; youth culture
Web of Science 學科類別Communication; Sociology

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