In brief

Finland belongs to the group of northern European countries where children are "experienced networkers", partly based on their early start of acting online, long before entering the school. One of the key findings through EUKIDS online surveys have been the differences in gendered practices online which mostly have followed traditional patterns. For example, boy-like uses are more public-oriented when girl-like activities include neighbourhood networking.

Recommendations based on the results of EUKIDS have included active mediation strategies to the families. Findings of EU Kids Online research have informed the political framework for the national Good Media Literacy guidelines 2013-2016 published by the Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland and, broadening of the digital youth work and, integrating multiliteracy to the national curricula from early childhood education, through basic education to upper secondary education.

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Publications from the Finnish Team:

Reijo Kupiainen, Sirkku Kotilainen, Kaarina Nikunen ja Annikka Suoninen (toim.) 2013:

Lapset netissä. Puheenvuoroja lasten ja nuorten netin käytöstä ja riskeistä. Mediakasvatusseura julkaisuja 1/2013: ISBN978-952-67693-3-2_Lapset_netissa_2013.pdf

In english see EU Kids Online –reports:




Dr. Sirkku Kotilainen, is professor of media education in the Faculty of Communication Sciences at Tampere University. She is leading an international Master’s Degree Program in Digital Literacy Education. Her research topics cover media and information literacies among young people, teacher education and youth work. Recently, her research has been focused on vulnerable youth and, in transcultural perspectives in media literacies and, minors as users of adaptive media including artificial intelligence.


Dr. Jussi Okkonen works currently as University Researcher in TRIM at Tampere University. The key topic in his research work is performance and productivity. Due to digitalization of work environments he has put more emphasis on extended, augmented, asynchronic and spatially dispersed work. The underlying theme is the individual and organizational performance connected to information ergonomics. Other research topics are digital learning environments, HCI and software engineering.


Dr. Sirkku Kotilainen
Faculty of Communication Sciences
33014 Tampere University, Finland

Dr. Jussi Okkonen
Senior Researcher
Tampere Unit for Computer-Human Interaction (TAUCHI), Faculty of Communication Sciences
33014 Tampere University, Finland