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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 provided 2013 comparative to the EU Kids Online survey

UK team 


Sonia Livingstone|, Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE, is author/editor of fourteen 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 researcher in 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|, lecturer in the Media and Communications department at the LSE, used to  lead on the design, analysis and coordination of the Oxford Internet Surveys and the World Internet Project.


Benjamin De La Pava is the project assistant for EU Kids Online III. A PhD student in the department of Media & Communications at LSE, his research looks at how contemporary shifts in discourses of intimacy and romance affect filmic representations of these discourses and audiences’ engagements with them.


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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