EU KIDS ONLINE Safer Internet Day Supporter
EU Kids Online
The EU Kids Online network connects researchers and stakeholders across 33 European countries. It aims to bring together social scientists and key experts engaged in the field of child internet opportunities, risk and safety in order to stimulate and coordinate investigation into the way that children and young people use digital, convergent, mobile and online media.
The network is now in its third phase: in the first, it reviewed all the available research findings, produced a best practice guide for researchers of children’s internet use and developed a theoretical and policy framework; in the second, it surveyed 25,000 children and their parents in 25 countries to identify reliable findings on children’s internet use, risk and harm, and implications for safety. Now the network is widening its scope, reviewing newly available research findings, conducting bespoke analyses of the survey data, and conducting qualitative interviews with children in diverse countries.
Co-ordinated Professor Sonia Livingstone and Dr Leslie Haddon of the London School of Economics and Political Science, the project team includes a multinational management group, an international advisory panel, and research teams in 33 participating countries across Europe.
A selection of reports are avaiable in the documents tab below. You can view all the reports on the EU Kids Online website.
Safer Internet Day 2014: "Let's create a better internet together"
The EU Kids Online project aims to enhance knowledge of European children’s and parents’ experiences and practices regarding risky and safer use of the internet and new online technologies. The EU Kids Online survey has generated a substantial body of new, cross-nationally comparable data on European children’s access, use, opportunities, risks and safer practices online. The first report from our multi-country qualitative research ‘preventive measures’ helps us to understand children’s perception of and strategies for coping with risks. With our work we want create a better internet by informing an evidence-based policy framework, in which we highlight the fact that children and young people need to be encouraged to develop self-governing behaviour that will allow them to take greater responsibility for their own safety in the use of the internet. We believe that awareness-raising measures are vital for young people to empower them to an appropriate and responsible technology use. It is important though to balance the protection of young users with opportunities. Therefore, our role is not just to make the online world safe by stopping young people’s use of internet services, rather we need to ensure their participation in safe ways. Together with effective industry self-regulation and well-equipped schoolteachers that are adequately resourced to support children in their acquiring of digital skills, we strive for ensuring children’s right to a safe, friendly and encouraging online experience.