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In brief

Finland has long been one of the top countries for internet use, and compared to the European average, many more children go online at school and at home, but only a little more via mobile phones. Finland belongs to the group of northern European countries where children are "experienced networkers", encounter more sexual risks online and their parents guide and actively support their internet use. Finnish children have a lower number of online activities than children in most European countries but they still stand out in terms of safety skills.



Finnish team  

Reijo Kupiainen (PhD) is University Lecturer of media education at the University of Tampere. His research has focused on media literacy, media education, learning environments and visual culture. He is author of Media and Digital Literacies in Secondary School (Peter Lang 2013).


Kaarina Nikunen (Dr Soc Sc) is a Professor of Media Culture at the University of Tampere. Nikunen has expertise in ethnographic audience and fan studies, feminist media studies and in research on ethnicity and transnational media. Her most recent work focuses on humanitarianism and media production.


Annikka Suoninen (PhD) has for 25 years conducted research especially on media use among children and young people and the role of different media in everyday life. In her studies she has used both quantitative and qualitative methods and she has carried out research on various different media.  




Sirkku Kotilainen (PhD) is Professor on Media Literacy Education at the University of Tampere, the Unit of Communication, Media and Theatre together with the Unit of Education. Her current research approach is comparative, and she is looking for variations in youth media participation and media literacies globally, in several cultural contexts.


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University lecturer Reijo Kupiainen
University of Tampere
School of Education
FI-33014 University of Tampere
Tel. +358 50 3186924