In 2017, Lien Mostmans wrote a doctoral thesis about the moral conceptions of children concerning online self-disclosure, funded by FWO (Fund for Scientific Research in Flanders). In particular, her thesis is about children and online self-disclosure. It investigates and aims to make understand children’s online self-disclosures, that is what children share about themselves online, by examining children’s moral conceptions related to online self-disclosures (their beliefs, judgments, values), and how children’s moral conceptions are grounded within the quandary of their ‘hybrid’ online and offline lifeworlds, relationships and sociality. For this, she conducted qualitative focus group interviews and ethnographic home-based interviews within the framework of media and communication studies, driven by doing thorough ethical research with children and families.
Additional research efforts focussed on young people’s changing media landscape and their overall media behaviors, attitudes and cultures. Lien holds masters degrees in Germanic languages (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 2007) and cultural sciences (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 2008).