A1 Journal article (refereed)
Children as social actors negotiating their privacy in the digital commercial context (2023)

Srivastava, S., Wilska, T.-A., & Nyrhinen, J. (2023). Children as social actors negotiating their privacy in the digital commercial context. Childhood, 30(3), 235-252. https://doi.org/10.1177/09075682231186486

The research was funded by Strategic Research Council at the Research Council of Finland.

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All authors or editorsSrivastava, Sonali; Wilska, Terhi-Anna; Nyrhinen, Jussi

Journal or seriesChildhood



Publication year2023

Publication date26/06/2023


Issue number3

Pages range235-252

PublisherSAGE Publications

Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/88159


This study advances research on children’s negotiation of online commercial privacy by identifying an act of digital agency by children that may serve their current needs but can also impact children negatively. Secondly, it identifies certain factors children consider while evaluating the trustworthiness of apps and websites before disclosing information online. Eight focus group discussions with children (13–16 years) in Finland’s capital region are analysed using thematic analysis. Our findings highlight that while children’s digital literacy education is needed, ensuring that education translates to children’s online practices is also essential. We also recommend increasing corporations’ accountability in ensuring children’s privacy.

Keywordschildren (age groups)young peoplehuman agencyprivacypersonal dataInternetapplications (computer programmes)websitescommercialismsurveillance

Free keywordschildren; online privacy; personal data; digital agents; corporate surveillance; childhood studies; children's agency; social actors

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Reporting Year2023

JUFO rating3

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