Digital transformations are impacting children and young people's lives in many ways, providing them with unprecedented opportunities to learn, exchange, have fun, socialise and be creative, but also exposing them to a new range of online threats. To support tech companies and policy makers striving to help younger generations make the most of the digital technologies while mitigating the risks they pose, a strong evidence base is needed. To address this, the European Commission (EC) has been funding four new Horizon 2020 projects on the topic.
The CO:RE - Children Online: Research and Evidence project is one of them. Running from 1 January 2020 until 31 December 2022, it is funded within the EU framework of DT-TRANSFORMATIONS-07-2019 "The impact of technological transformations on children and youth".
The CO:RE project aims to conceptualise and implement a pan-European knowledge platform on the experiences of children and young people in digital communication spaces and the effects of technological changes on children and young people. As it is currently in its first year of existence, the conceptualisation of the knowledge platform is the current focus of activities.
This knowledge platform will be designed for researchers, representatives from politics and education, as well as family organisations. It will feature research findings on a broad range of topics related to the impact of technological transformations on children and young people – including their health, lifestyles, participation and digital citizenship, well-being, safety and security as affected by ICT.
These findings stem from research from all EU Member States and several other European countries, therefore providing a variety of cultural, political, and media-related contexts. The project partners also strive to interpret these research findings, to formulate evidence-based policy recommendations, and to offer educational resources.
The CO:RE project is carried out by a consortium of organisations consisting of Leibniz Institute for Media Research – Hans-Bredow Institut, Università Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore (UCS), University of Akureyri (UNAK), Tartu Ulikool (UTARTU), London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Tampere University (TAU), University of Oslo (UiO), Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin), European Schoolnet (EUN), and TAKEPART Media + Science GmbH (Takepart).