We are currently running two projects at HIVE
- Protecting the elderly from financial abuse
- Protecting adolescents from cyberbullying and cyberstalking
Protecting the elderly from financial abuse
Financial abuse of elderly persons is a widespread problem gaining global recognition. Elder abuse is highly under-reported, but best estimates suggest that financial abuse impacts 1.2% of adults aged 65+ in the UK and 85% of victims of doorstep crimes are 65 and over (Age UK, 2015; Davidson et al., 2015). Financial loss is always harmful to victims, but, for elderly people on fixed incomes and lacking earning power, it is particularly impactful. It is estimated that in the UK £78 million is lost annually (Owen, 2015).
This collaboration aims to understand and improve elderly persons’ responses to financial abuse. It also seeks to enable the adoption of prevention strategies by key organisations (e.g., charities, banks).
If you would like to learn more about key research findings and shape HIVE’s immediate plans and longer-term research agenda you can register to attend our consoltation event being held at Senate House (London) on 10th July 10am-2pm. For further details, agenda and to register please go to: http://bit.ly/elderfinancialabuse
Protecting adolescents from cyberbullying and cyberstalking
Adolescents are increasingly at risk for cyberbullying and cyberstalking. In the UK 83% of 12- to 15-year-olds have a smartphone, 75% have a social media profile and spend approximately 21hrs/week on the internet (Ofcom, 2017). Cyberbullying is an international public health risk, with risks to adolescent mental health including: depression, anxiety, loneliness, suicidal behaviour, and self-harm (Mirsky & Omar, 2015; Nixon, 2014). Cyberstalking is experienced by 5- 11% of 10- to 17-year-olds, and this figure is on the rise (Pereira & Matos, 2016).
Through our interdisciplinary team we can build an understanding of how people are making decisions to stalk and bully online, and how we can build deterrents (social, legal, and through enhancing cyber detection) of these behaviours. Moreover, anonymity and non-face-to-face communication provided by cyber environments shape the risk perception and risk attitude of adolescents; we believe that this perceptual and behavioural shaping is key to understanding risk exposure of adolescents online. We will focus on enhancing adolescents’ understanding of online risks, increasing the likelihood of incident reporting, and enhancing the support offered.
If you would like to learn more about key research findings and shape HIVE’s immediate plans and longer-term research agenda you can register to attend our consoltation event being held at Senate House (London) on 11th July 12pm-4pm. For further details, agenda and to register please go to: http://bit.ly/adolescentsafetyonline