In brief

Children’s use of the internet in Malta is widespread; almost all children have access to the internet at home. Apart from the use of the internet for school work the most popular activities are using Facebook, YouTube and playing games. Older children use the internet for longer hours and are less supervised in comparison to the younger ones. For younger children, parents seem to use restrictive mediation strategies more often than enabling ones. Since children can access internet using their mobile devices, it is easy for them to get around these parental restrictions.

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Mary Anne Lauri is an Professor of Psychology at the University of Malta. Lectures Research Methods and Media Psychology. Research interests include media education and digital literacy. 

Joseph Borg

Joseph Borg lectures in Communication Studies at the University of Malta. He was part of the team which introduced media education in Church schools in Malta in the beginning of the 1980s and has co-authored the textbooks used in secondary schools and a number of academic papers. Borg is also the editor of Campus FM, the radio station run by the University of Malta. 

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Lorleen Farrugia is a PhD candidate at the University of Malta. She is researching children’s representations of online risk. She is also a member of the Besmartonline! Advisory Board.


Malta Communications Authority:
(The National Communications Regulator)

Agenzija Appogg:
(Government agency offering help to families, vulnerable people and those in need of social help).


Commissioner for Children:


Mary Anne Lauri

Room 230

Department of Psychology

Faculty for Social Wellbeing
University of Malta MSD 2080
Tel: 356 2340 2350