Lithuania

In brief: Lithuanian findings from EU Kids Online 2020

The findings show that 92% of children aged 9 to 17 access the internet daily, using at least one device. The most common way to access the internet is via a mobile phone or smartphone, and in 2018 89% went online daily while using their phones; 37% of all the children say that they are online on their mobile ‘almost all the time’. The majority of Lithuanian children use the internet for entertainment and communication purposes. The most common daily activities are watching videos (72%), listening to music (71%), gaming online (69%), visiting social networking sites (52%) or communicating with friends and family (52%).

Lithuanian children are quite skilled in many online activities: most of the 9- to 17-year-olds can remove people from their contact lists (81%), they know which information shouldn’t be shared online (79%) and how to change privacy settings (70%). While searching for new friends and contacts plays a big role in children’s online communication, only 23% added someone to their contacts they had never met face-to-face. Even though 34% had had contact with a stranger on the internet, they never met that person face-to-face.

Children engage in various activities, and it is no wonder that they could experience various risks – 16% reported that they had been treated in a hurtful or nasty way online. Half of these children said that they were receiving nasty messages. Twenty-one per cent of the children had encountered harmful websites, most often showing people harming or hurting themselves. Lithuanian parents can still be considered active mediators of their children’s internet use and safety. Most of the parents (92%) said that they gave advice on how to use the internet safely, and 80% were interested in what their children were doing online.

Highlights

  • Pakalniskiene, V., Raizeine, S. & Grigutyte, N. (2018). Lithuanian children on the internet: Report from a survey in 2018. Project EU Kids Online IV. Vilnius University.

  • Lithuanian children and their parents are active internet users. Eighty per cent of parents are interested in what their children are doing online, so it seems that Lithuanian children are not left alone and have parents who could help them. However, only half of the parents help their children if the child is facing something online that is causing them anxiety. It might be that the parents don’t really know what their children are actually facing online. 

Reports

Factsheet

Summary of findings

Recommendations

Questionnaires

The EU Kids Online fieldwork involved several questionnaires. First, a face to face interview with one parent. Second, a face to face interview with the child. Then a self-completion interview for sensitive questions, with one version for 9-10 year olds and one version for 11-16 year olds.

Questionnaire for parent

Questionnaire for child

Self-completion questionnaire for child (Children age 9-10)

Self-completion questionnaire for child (Children age 11-16)

Publications

Pakalniskiene, V., Raizeine, S. & Grigutyte, N. (2018). Lithuanian children on the internet: Report from a survey in 2018. Project EU Kids Online IV. Vilnius University.

Laurinavičius, A., Žukauskienė, R. and Ustinavičiūtė, L. (2012) Explaining vulnerability to risk and harm, in Livingstone, S., Haddon, L. and Görzig, A. (Eds.) (2012) Children, risk and safety online: Research and policy challenges in comparative perspective. Bristol: Policy Press, pp.297-308.

Žukauskienė, R. and Donoso, V. (2011). Results of the assessment of the implementation of the safer social networking principles for the EU: Individual reports of testing of 14 social networking sites / European Commission, Safer Internet Programme ; Verónica Donoso ; Belgium. Luxembourg: University of Antwerp, P. 69-76. [M.kr. 06S]

Lithuanian team

Alfredas Laurinavicius

Alfredas Laurinavicius is an Associate Professor in Psychology at the Mykolas Romeris University and the Head of Department of Psychology. His main interests are related to legal psychology. 

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Vilmante Pakalniskiene  

Renata Mackonienė

Renata Mackonienė is a lecturer at the Department of Psychology, Mykolas Romeris University. Her academic interests include developmental psychology and psychological effects and influence of media and developmental issues in media psychology. She is also involved in the social and emotional learning programme "Second Step" in Lithuania. 

Contact

Vilnius University, Institute of Psychology, Universiteto 9, Vilnius 01513, Lithuania

Email: vilmante.pakalniskiene@fsf.vu.lt