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Work package 5: policy and research recommendations

The stated aim of the EC call for thematic networks is to support and inform other actions: fighting against illegal content, tackling unwanted and harmful content and promoting a safer internet. Hence, this project will provide specific recommendations for these actions.

At a more general level, there will be recommendations relating to EC policy in this field of children and the internet, ones that relate to the wider contextualisation of the issues that will emerge from this project. In the light of the work of work package 1 especially, charting the availability and comparability of data, work package 5 will make a number of recommendations specifically about research, thus furthering objective 7. This will cover any significant gaps that have been identified, where it might be strategic to conduct research in some specific countries in order to produce equivalent data to those that exist elsewhere. There will be suggestions regarding what measures might be taken to derive more comparable data, where this is felt to be useful.

A report, Summary and Recommendations, will provide an executive summary of the work of the network in order to ground a series of research and policy recommendations regarding children and their use of the internet and online technologies in Europe.