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In brief

Due to national policies, children in Portugal have had widespread internet access at school between 2009 and 2011. At home, these policies promoted laptop ownership and made children's internet access via the family desktop less common. This private access and use challenges parental mediation. Having a level of internet use below the European average, Portuguese parents combine active and restrictive mediation. Children's self-reported risk and harm are relatively low, while there is still room for exploring skills and opportunities.



  • The Portuguese findings have informed initiatives of the Portuguese Consortium for Internet Safety (Internet Segura), which coordinates national activities.
  • Based on the national results of the EU Kids Online survey, an edited book was published in 2012, Crianças e Internet em Portugal (MinervaCoimbra, 2012). The book combines analyses and comments from stakeholders and academics.
  • The EU Kids Online outputs and reports have been broadly disseminated in the media; the team is called upon regularly to comment on issues regarding children and the internet, to talk at schools, libraries and town councils.
  • A national training course for the network of school librarians was designed and implemented in 2014, in Lisbon and Oporto. Thirty participants concluded the training course.
  • The Portuguese team has acted as a consultant for the Brazilian survey TIC Kids Online, conducted by Cetic and based on the EU Kids Online methodology.
  • In 2013, the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology funded an updated survey through the ‘Net Children Go Mobile’ project.

Portuguese team

Cristina Ponte is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, New University of Lisbon. A member of the Steering Committee in the COST Action IS0906 on Audiences (2010-2014), she coordinated the international project Digital Inclusion and Participation (2009-2011) and the national project Children and Young People in the news (2005-2007). Currently she is vice-chair of the TWG Children, Youth and Media, European Communication Research and Education Association.
Areas of expertise: children and media; media and generations; digital divides; journalism studies, media discourse.


José Alberto Simões, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, New University of Lisbon. He is also a researcher at CESNova. His main research areas include sociology of culture, youth cultures, communication and media studies. He is currently coordinating the national project Networked Youth Activism and Portuguese participation in the international project Net Children Go Mobile.
Areas of expertise: digital divides, internet use, qualitative methods, quantitative methods, teenagers/youth.

patricia dias

Patricia Dias is Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Human Sciences at the Catholic University of Portugal, where she coordinates the post-graduate course on Communication and Social Media. She is a researcher at the Research Centre for Communication and Culture, and member of the Executive Board of CEPCEP - Research Centre of Portuguese-speaking Peoples and Cultures. Holding a PhD in Communication Sciences, her research interests are digital media, young children, mobile communication, marketing and public relations.

Daniel Cardosa2

Daniel Cardoso is a PhD student of Communication Sciences at the New University of Lisbon, and an Assistant Professor at the Lusophone University, in Lisbon. His PhD focuses on the sexualised usages of the new media by Portuguese children, whereas his Master's thesis was on online expressions of polyamory. He has participated in several publicly funded national research projects, namely relating to women's representation in magazines and on online fora.


Eduarda Ferreira is a researcher of CICS.NOVA, at FCSH/ NOVA. With a background in Educational Psychology, a masters degree ine-Learning Management Systems and a PhD on Social and Cultural Geography, her research interests are ICTs in education, geospatial web, digital inclusion,and gender equality. She is a member of diverse research projects, e.g. Net Children Go Mobile and EU Kids Online (2015-2018). She has published and presented on digital technologies, gender and education


Teresa Sofia Castro holds a European PhD in Educational Technology studying the personal values and meanings that children might use to interpret their technologised lives and the unintended harmful outcomes that may be (more or less) hidden in children’s everyday digital lives. Her main research interests are: children’s digital lives, qualitative methods, ethics in research with children.


Susana Batista, PhD, is a researcher at CICS.NOVA and a Guest Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, New University of Lisbon. She is a member of the ESCXEL- Schools for Excellence Network project. Main research interests: public action in education, quantitative methods and children and media.


Rita Brito is an Invited Assistant Professor in Lisbon College of Education, Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon. She holds a PhD in Educational Technology and has conducted a post-doctoral research on the use of technologies by families and children up to 6 years old. Rita is a researcher at UIDEF – Institute of Education, University of Lisbon. Rita's research focuses on digital educational technology, children under 6 years old, Early Childhood Educators and Primary teachers training.



Dr Cristina Ponte
Departamento de Ciências da Comunicação
Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas,
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