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Media and Communications, LSE
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EU Kids Online

In brief

Children in the UK have had internet access at both school and home for a relatively long time, so that internet use is thoroughly embedded in all aspects of their lives. They spend longer online than the European average. But British parents tend to manage their children’s online safety by taking a restrictive approach. This protects children from many of the risks but also limits the development of their online levels of skills and opportunities.


Findings and more on the right of this page.


  • The UK findings have informed the policy development, guidance and initiatives of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS), which coordinates national activities across this multi-stakeholder domain.
  • Sonia Livingstone is Evidence Champion for UKCCIS, and works with its Evidence Group to disseminate the latest findings via the Safer Internet Centre. She was awarded an OBE for this work in 2014.
  • Recent highlights include a TEDx talk on 'How children engage with the internet', a consultation response to the UK government’s inquiry into online safety, advice to UNICEF, collaboration with Vodafone’s Digital Parenting and an interview for the American Psychological Association. 
  • The Net Children Go Mobile UK report compared 2013 data to that in the EU Kids Online 2010 survey
  • In December 2014 the EU Kids Online UK qualitative report was published.

UK team 


Sonia Livingstone, Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the LSE, is author/editor of 18 books and many academic articles on media audiences, children and the internet, media regulation, domestic contexts of media use and media literacy. She serves on the Executive Board of the UK Council of Child Internet Safety.


Dr Leslie Haddon is a senior researcher in the Department of Media and Communications at the LSE. Over the last 20 years he has worked chiefly on the social shaping and consumption of information and communication technologies.

Up to five areas of expertise: digital divides, mobile phones, internet use, cross-national research, teenagers. 


Dr Ellen Helsper, associate professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the LSE, used to lead on the design, analysis and coordination of the Oxford Internet Surveys and the World Internet Project.


Mariya Stoilova


Dr Anke Görzig is a visiting fellow in the Department of Media and Communications at the LSE and lecturer in psychology at University of West London. She was formerly survey research officer for the data collection of EU Kids Online II and conducts ongoing analyses and data linkage of the EU Kids Online data with a focus on cyberbullying


John Carr is one of the world’s leading authorities on young people’s use of digital technologies. He has advised the UN (ITU) and the European Union. In the UK John is a member of the Executive Board of UKCCIS. John blogs for the Huffington Post and at his own site.



Dr Leslie Haddon
Department of Media and Communications
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
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