Risk-taking Online Behaviour – Young people, harm and resilience, 23-24th of May 2012

ROBERT project's final conference

This conference brought together practitioners, policy makers and researchers to share and discuss recent findings on how best to protect young people from coming to harm online. It addressed the need for support and preventive strategies.

The conference offered an opportunity to share, present and discuss new knowledge regarding sexual abuse and sexual exploitation in the online arena and young people’s strategies to stay safe, especially those identified as being potentially more vulnerable. Another focus was a more informed discussion about risk and of its relationship to harm. The understanding of young people’s experiences was highlighted by plenary presentations and in seminars where practitioners, policymakers and researchers were invited to contribute.

The conference is the final event of the 2-year long international project ROBERT, co-funded by the European Commission through the Safer Internet Plus programme, which brought new insights and extended our knowledge of risk, harm and resilience factors influencing young people’s interaction online, the nature of their online behaviour and their strategies to stay safe.

Innocence in Danger 10 years in Germany
The conference was also a part of the 10 year anniversary of ROBERT partner Innocence in Danger, Germany. More information on IID can be accessed here.

Conference themes 
This conference was centred on the following themes: 

  • Theory building around online sexual victimisation using young people’s own accounts of the processes in place leading up to the abuse 
  • The relationship between risk and harm. 
  • Research gaps, research practices and ethical challenges. 
  • Assistance strategies and tools for young people abused online.  
  • Perpetrators and young people: understanding the interaction between them. 
  • Young people believed to be more at risk: Supporting young peoples’ resilience

Scientific committee
Abstracts for presentations were reviewed by the Scientific Committee consisting of ROBERT partner institution representatives:

Dr Mare Ainsaar, University of Tartu, Estonia
Professor Carl-Göran Svedin, Linköping University, Sweden
Dr Ethel Quayle, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Dr Olga Kolpakova, Stellit International, The Netherlands and Russia

For more information, please contact the Children's Unit at the Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat.