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April 08, 2019

Online Harm

Or Harm Online

Online Harm or Harm online can be difficult to define accurately in a quantitative frame

Online Harm or Harm online can be difficult to define accurately in a quantitative frame. The subjective nature of this terminology is highly multifaceted and nuanced and as such may be easier to measure in terms of varying degrees of impact.
Harm, when focusing on children can and is often divided into the categories of abuse such as physical, emotional, psychological and neglect, however with online behaviours these categories become less suitable.

Harm online can be seen to be behaviours that are carried out with varying ‘modus operandi’s’ such as intentional versus unintentional, delayed versus immediate and direct and indirect. They can be multi-modal​, multi-platform and multi-interval.
The harm may be carried out by other children, adults or machine learning ‘bots’

Harm can also include secondary events such as engaging with posts that result in an impact on a third party

Harm can also include secondary events such as engaging with posts that result in an impact on a third party. News and media stories and images which may be true or untrue. Rejections and Inclusions into activities online. And, as more recent events have been highlighted; Second hand or third-party misinformation/miscommunication from the internet to the real world.

The areas of online harm spans phones, smartphones, gaming consoles, social media accounts, email and any other medium of contact.

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