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Juries: acting out digital dilemmas to promote digital reflections

Vallejos, Elvira Perez; Pothong, Kruakae; Coleman, Stephen; Koene, Ansgar; Carter, Chris James; Statache, Ramona; Rodden, Tom; McAuley, Derek; Cano, Monica; Adolphs, Svenja; O'Malley, Claire


Kruakae Pothong

Stephen Coleman

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Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurshipand Innovation

Ramona Statache

Professor of Computer Science

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Professor of Digital Economy

Monica Cano

Professor of English Language and Linguistics

Claire O'Malley


A quick journey through prevention science (e.g., substance misuse prevention) and a comparison between online and offline risks, harm, and vulnerability in children suggests that new approaches and interventions are needed to promote Internet safety and minimise the new sources of risk associated with accessing the Internet. In this paper we present a new methodological approach to promote digital literacy and positively influence the way in which young people interact with the Internet: iRights Youth Juries. These juries offer a solution for the challenge of how to engage children and young people in activities that, rather than simply promoting Internet safety, aim to provide the knowledge and the confidence required for developing healthy digital citizens. This approach thus begins to move beyond the notion of the Internet as a simple cause of social change, approaching it instead as an opportunity to engage knowledgeably with the digital world and maximise citizenship.


Vallejos, E. P., Pothong, K., Coleman, S., Koene, A., Carter, C. J., Statache, R., …O'Malley, C. (2015). Juries: acting out digital dilemmas to promote digital reflections. Computers and Society, 45(3), 84-90.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 9, 2015
Online Publication Date Sep 5, 2015
Publication Date Sep 5, 2015
Deposit Date Feb 26, 2018
Publicly Available Date Feb 26, 2018
Journal ACM SIGCAS Computers and Society
Print ISSN 0095-2737
Electronic ISSN 0095-2737
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 45
Issue 3
Pages 84-90
Keywords Digital rights, Internet safety, children and young people,
vignettes, drama, education, engagement
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Additional Information © ACM, 2015. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of ACM for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Computers and Society, {v. 45, no. 3, Sept 2015}


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