Research Toolkit

EU Kids Online

Rigorous quantitative and qualitative methods are vital to sustain evidence-based policy. This raises crucial questions of reliability, validity, comparability and research ethics.

The EU Kids Online network has worked hard to develop its research toolkit. We are keen that our insights and our methods are used by researchers and research users internationally.

Our research toolkit has several elements. They are provided below.

Frequently asked questions

Guidance for researchers working with children and online technologies is provided as  frequently asked questions| and as a complete pdf|.

Cross-national comparative research design

We explain our approach to comparative research here|.

Quantitative (survey) toolkit

Updated survey questionnaire

For researchers who wish to conduct new surveys on children’s internet use – in particular countries or on particular topics – we have thoroughly revised and updated our original survey instrument. It is now easier for other researchers to use in future research.

The excel spreadsheet |contains questions for a face-to-face survey with child respondents (and could be adapted for other formats as appropriate). This is a work in progress, and we welcome feedback and suggestions for further improvements.

Technical report on the survey

This report| was produced for the original EU Kids Online 25 country survey. It explains the research design, cognitive testing and piloting, research ethics, fieldwork processes, data preparation, weighting and quality control. For the outcome, see our full findings report|.

Original EU Kids Online survey questionnaires 

Data set for the original 25 country survey

The raw dataset is freely available from the UK Data Archive| (requires registration).

Qualitative (interview) toolkit

Technical interviews report

This report| explains the design, administration and coding for the nine-country interviews and focus groups conducted with children in 2013-14. For the outcome, see the full report|.

Original EU Kids Online topic guides and coding instructions

The research ethics application, invitations to participate in the project, consent forms, topic guides, coding guides and examples of translations and coded interviews can be found here|.

Methodological resources

Barbovschi, M., Green, L. and Vandoninck, S. (2013) Innovative approaches to investigating how young children understand risk in new media: Dealing with methodological and ethical challenges|. EU Kids Online Network, London, UK.

Ólafsson, K., Livingstone, S. & Haddon, L. (2013) Children's use of online technologies in Europe: A review of the European evidence base|. EU Kids Online Network, London, UK.

Lobe, B., Livingstone, S., & Haddon, L. (2007) Researching children's experiences online issues and problems in methodology|. EU Kids Online Network, London, UK.

Link to survey and other materials| of potential value to future researchers.   

Permission to use these materials

Anyone may use these resources: we just ask you to credit EU Kids Online as the source, and keep us in touch with your results by emailing us at Eukidsonline@lse.ac.uk|.

Our preferred credit would read: This [article/chapter/report/presentation/project] draws on the work of the 'EU Kids Online' network funded by the EC (DG Information Society) Safer Internet Programme (project code SIP-KEP-321803); see www.eukidsonline.net|.

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