Teenagers and adults in 18 countries said perceptions of online civility have deteriorated one year into the global pandemic, with respondents in Poland, Philippines, Italy, Germany and Hungary reporting the sharpest net-negative sentiment, new Microsoft research shows.
Research partners are key stakeholders in the Better Internet for Kids agenda, providing a body of knowledge and evidence on issues affecting children and young people online today. Armed with this knowledge, we are able to identify emerging trends and shape appropriate responses and create effective resources for the challenges presented.
On this page, you'll find a selection of articles corresponding to the work of research partners in the safer and better internet field.
A new study on online behaviour and the challenges faced by Austrian children and youth on social networks shows a competent use and a conscious online presence.
Every year, the Austrian Safer Internet Centre collects data on social media use of Austrian children and youth. Which social networks do young people in Austria use? Which platforms are trending, and which ones have become less popular? The results are published in the Youth Internet Monitor.
Children and young people are increasingly using technologies to share their views, engage with others, participate and search for information online on a daily basis. Undoubtedly, the digital revolution provides many opportunities for child empowerment, participation and expression, but it also raises concerns on how they can exercise their rights in the digital environment.
One of the aims of the European Commission’s Better Internet for Kids programme is to build capacity in Europe (and beyond) for creating safer and better online experiences for children and young people. One way of doing this is by sharing good practices developed through work within the context of the Insafe and INHOPE networks of Safer Internet Centres and other key stakeholders. As such, three best-practice guides have recently been published.
The pandemic has accelerated the use of e-learning for students but, while it has helped them to continue the educational process, it also created some challenges. According to online research conducted in Greece by the Department of Philosophy and Pedagogy of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the biggest difficulties are related to the lack of equipment and poor connection of students.
KiDiCoTi – An exploration into families’ handling of emergency remote learning in the first lockdown
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission recently published new research into families’ digital lives and remote learning activities in 11 European countries during the COVID-19 lockdown in spring 2020.
The report “Ten Years of Media Literacy Research” is a summary of 90 studies that the Scientific Council of the Dutch Media Literacy Network has collected over the past two years. The Council brings together scientific knowledge about media literacy, determines where knowledge gaps lie and indicates what new research is needed.
Online fraud, hate speech, discrimination and other divisive online risks are on the rise globally, according to results of a new Microsoft study. These findings were released in conjunction with World Kindness Day in an effort to turn that tide and encourage safer, more empathetic and tolerant online interactions among all people.
Findings from 110 studies published in 64 countries point to the fact that digital skills play a key role for children’s and young people’s learning, participation and other opportunities. International research also reveals that the benefits of digital skills apply online and offline, potentially affecting multiple dimensions of children’s lives. There is also evidence that better digital skills can protect children from online risk of harm as well, although this evidence needs to be strengthened.
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