EU Kids Online results in Slovenia place the country in the "Unprotected networkers" cluster, meaning that children are more adventurous and explore more but are also less protected. Slovenian children go online at an earlier age than their European counterparts, with an average age of eight. Around three quarters of children go online every day and engage in a number of activities higher than the European average. A half of Slovenian children use internet in their rooms, and a third on mobile phones and tablets. Almost two thirds of Slovenian children is using social networking sites which puts them above European average.
Forty-one per cent of parents do not mediate their children's activities. This is coupled with the fact that 14% of Slovenian children report contact risks which suggests more should be done to involve parents in their children's online use.
- EU Kids Online in Slovenia is the first research project of its kind, informing policy and awareness initiatives.
- The Slovenian Safer Internet Centre (SAFE.SI) and the Slovenian Hotline for reporting hate speech and child sexual abuse images on the Internet (Spletno oko) have implemented the EU Kids Online findings in the development of safer internet initiatives and awareness raising campaigns.
- The Slovenian EU Kids Online team is invited multiple times as experts to stakeholder meetings, workshops and projects on the topic. Examples are the projects NE-ODVISNI.SI (http://www.ne-odvisen.si/), SAFE.SI, The annual conference of Slovenian state prosecutors, etc.
Dr. Bojana Lobe is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana (UL). Her research interests include online qualitative research methods, integration of qualitative and quantitative methods online, qualitative comparative analysis, researching children’s experiences with mixed methods. She has authored a book Integration of Online Research Methods. She is a member of the research programme Social Science Methodology, Statistics and Informatics at UL. She is also an associate researcher at Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. She is a member of Management Committee at COST Action The digital literacy and multimodal practices of young children (DigiLitEY). She has been actively involved in EU Kids Online project (www.eukidsonline.net) since 2006 and was a leading researcher in Slovenian biggest project about children’s usage of internet in Slovenia since 2009 Mladi na netu (www.mladinanetu.si). She is also involved in the recent project about Young children (0-8) and digital technologies funded by JRC. Within the COST action she has participated in the Internet of Toys research project in 2016/2017.
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