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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.

Ana Jorge2

Ana Jorge holds a PhD in Communication Sciences, studying young people's relationship with celebrity culture, and is currently a postdoctoral researcher. Her main research interests are media education, popular culture and consumption, gender and reception. She has been a member of research projects on women's representation in newspapers and magazines, and on digital inclusion and participation.

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.

Rosa Martins PT

Rosa Martins, PhD, has been working at the Directoracte of the Portuguese Ministry of Education's School Libraries Network. She has worked with the Directorate General for Innovation and Curricula, the School Libraries Network, and professional development centres for teachers. A co-author of the Portuguese School Libraries Evaluation Model, her research interests focus on digital literacy, school libraries' impact on the learning process and school libraries evaluation.



Dr Cristina Ponte
Departamento de Ciências da Comunicação
Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas,
Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL)
Av. de Berna, 26-C
1069-061 Lisboa
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