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Children’s and parents’ perceptions of online commercial data practices : a qualitative study

(2020) MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION. 8(4). p.163-174
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Children's personal data are often collected for commercial aims. Although regulations in different countries aim to protect children's privacy (e.g., by imposing websites to request parental consent for the processing of children's data for commercial purposes), concerns about protecting children's online data continue to rise. This article therefore aims to get insights into parents' and children's privacy coping strategies and perceptions underlying these strategies. In-depth interviews with ten parents and nine children (8-11 years) were conducted. Findings show that although children engaged in avoidance (e.g., leaving the particular website) and confrontation (e.g., seeking support) strategies, they mainly did this to protect their privacy from malicious individuals-and not from commercial parties. Participating children also lacked general knowledge about both explicit and implicit data practices. To protect their children's privacy, parents in this study mainly adopted restrictive mediation strategies, but lacked the knowledge to undertake concrete actions in the case of implicit data collection. Implications for policymakers are discussed.
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children, coping, data collection, online privacy, parents, privacy literacy, PRIVACY PROTECTION, INFORMATION DISCLOSURE, INTERNET USE, MEDIATION, BEHAVIOR, ADOLESCENTS, LITERACY, FACEBOOK, SOCIALIZATION

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Desimpelaere, Laurien, et al. “Children’s and Parents’ Perceptions of Online Commercial Data Practices : A Qualitative Study.” MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION, vol. 8, no. 4, 2020, pp. 163–74, doi:10.17645/mac.v8i4.3232.
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Desimpelaere, L., Hudders, L., & Van de Sompel, D. (2020). Children’s and parents’ perceptions of online commercial data practices : a qualitative study. MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION, 8(4), 163–174. https://doi.org/10.17645/mac.v8i4.3232
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Desimpelaere, Laurien, Liselot Hudders, and Dieneke Van de Sompel. 2020. “Children’s and Parents’ Perceptions of Online Commercial Data Practices : A Qualitative Study.” MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION 8 (4): 163–74. https://doi.org/10.17645/mac.v8i4.3232.
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Desimpelaere, Laurien, Liselot Hudders, and Dieneke Van de Sompel. 2020. “Children’s and Parents’ Perceptions of Online Commercial Data Practices : A Qualitative Study.” MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION 8 (4): 163–174. doi:10.17645/mac.v8i4.3232.
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Desimpelaere L, Hudders L, Van de Sompel D. Children’s and parents’ perceptions of online commercial data practices : a qualitative study. MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION. 2020;8(4):163–74.
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L. Desimpelaere, L. Hudders, and D. Van de Sompel, “Children’s and parents’ perceptions of online commercial data practices : a qualitative study,” MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION, vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 163–174, 2020.
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  author       = {Desimpelaere, Laurien and Hudders, Liselot and Van de Sompel, Dieneke},
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  journal      = {MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION},
  keywords     = {children,coping,data collection,online privacy,parents,privacy literacy,PRIVACY PROTECTION,INFORMATION DISCLOSURE,INTERNET USE,MEDIATION,BEHAVIOR,ADOLESCENTS,LITERACY,FACEBOOK,SOCIALIZATION},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {163--174},
  title        = {Children’s and parents’ perceptions of online commercial data practices : a qualitative study},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.17645/mac.v8i4.3232},
  volume       = {8},
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