Children Online Research and Evidence in Turkey: a content analysis of literature from 2014 to 2020

Kaymak, Ayşe Şeyma
The goal of this study is to review and analyze literature about online children research published by Turkish scholars, between 2014 and 2020. This study was carried out as a part of Europe-wide project entitled Children Online: Research and Evidence (CO:RE Project). In the scope of this study, literature was systematically reviewed according to the inclusion and priority criteria set by CO:RE Project. In the context of the current study, inclusion criteria listed as are topic relevance, age group, publication year, the language of publication, national scope, reliability of studies according to scientific base, publication type, and scientific discipline. To include studies for analysis, publications were selected by recency and relevance. In this study, descriptive analysis method was deployed. In total 177 publications were found, and 68 of them were included in this study according to the inclusion criteria. The results showed that the most frequently studied topic was wellbeing; followed by Internet usage, practices, and engagement; online safety and policy regulation; social mediation; and risks and harm. The most researched group is children between 10-18 years old. Children’s Internet usage styles show a variety of factors such as, place being accessed to the Internet, social mediation, purpose of Internet use. The common finding of studies which examined risks and harms with family status was children coming from a family with low education and low-income level were more likely to face online risks. The way to reduce online risks is to educate children and parents on safe Internet use. Researchers should conduct studies on 'Researching children online: methodology and ethics'. More emphasis should be placed on ethical issues in graduate education. Alternative research methods other than quantitative/survey could be encouraged.


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Citation Formats
A. Ş. Kaymak, “Children Online Research and Evidence in Turkey: a content analysis of literature from 2014 to 2020,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.