Objectives

EU Kids Online

  1. To identify and assess the quality and comparability of data (recent or ongoing) across Europe regarding children's access to and use of the internet and new online technologies, noting gaps in the evidence base. (See work package 1: data availability)

     
  2. To understand the research itself in context, assessing the reasons why certain types of research are available (or not) in each nation, given different intellectual, social, institutional and funding systems. This understanding is vital for guiding the future research agenda. (See work package 2: research contexts)

     
  3. To compare the available data across nations so as to identify the changing risks and safety concerns associated with new media, assessing their distribution, significance and consequences for diverse populations (age, gender, region, nation, etc). (See work package 3: research comparisons)

     
  4. To understand these risks in context. (See work package 3: research comparisons). Several contexts are anticipated:
    • Use of new and old media in everyday life, including positive and negative media experiences
    • Different cultural contexts of childhood
    • Different policy/ regulatory contexts, particularly across nations.

       
  5. To enhance our understanding of methodological issues involved in studying children and the internet and in particular those relating to cross-cultural analysis, both for future research in this field and for European comparative studies more generally. (See work package 4: methodological issues)

     
  6. To network researchers across different countries, disciplines and approaches building on continuities while acknowledging different starting points, so as to share existing knowledge, build capacity and work towards a consensual framework for future research. (See work package 6: networking and dissemination activities)

     
  7. To develop evidence-based policy recommendations for raising awareness, media literacy and other practical actions to promote safer use of the internet and new online technologies, particularly but not only for children across Europe. (See work package 5: policy and research recommendations)
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