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.

2023-03-17 excessive use, gaming, love, relationships, sexuality (online), media literacy/education BIK Team

CO:RE launches the Education Toolkit

The Education Toolkit was developed by the CO:RE team at European Schoolnet in an extensive consultation process and co-creation workshops with teachers, practitioner, but also young people. The result is a comprehensive toolkit with relevant information and many helpful resources.

2023-03-10 hate speech, media literacy/education, online reputation Austrian Safer Internet Centre

New study on young people and fake news for Safer Internet Day 2023

As this 2017 survey on fake news carried out by the Austrian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) firstly indicated, in 2023 online media and social networks are the most important source of information for young people on everyday topics. However, they hardly trust the information found there – this is what the Austrian SIC latest study shows.  

2023-03-09 data privacy, excessive use, hate speech, media literacy/education Norwegian Safer Internet Centre

Digital dilemmas cannot be solved by parents alone

Children have the right to freedom of expression, participation and information, privacy and protection against harmful content. There are obviously many dilemmas that come with this for parents and carers. When is the right time to give your child their first smartphone? Which apps and services should your child have access to and at what age? What about the risk of encountering inappropriate or harmful content? This was the focus topic for Safer Internet Day 2023 in Norway.

2022-12-23 love, relationships, sexuality (online), media literacy/education, online reputation Portuguese Safer Internet Centre

Exploring the ySKILLS indicator with high school students: a co-joint initiative with a Portuguese policy maker

High school students’ answers to a flash quiz suggest knowledge gaps regarding social networks and searching for information. This event occurred in the two Portuguese main fairs on education, work, and training. It was co-organised with the Portuguese Institute for Sports and Youth and actively involved young volunteers. Further collaboration with national stakeholders, young ambassadors and informal spaces could improve working digital skills in adolescents. 

2022-09-07 gaming, media literacy/education Dr Valerie Verdoodt (Ghent University)

How to address consumer risks for children on social media and in gaming

A Roundtable on child and youth consumer protection in digital markets will take place online on Thursday, 22 September. Hosted by European Schoolnet as part of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) initiative on behalf of DG CONNECT and DG JUST of the European Commission, the event will seek to consider the main online opportunities and risks for children and young people as consumers, and how child and youth protection in digital markets are being addressed through existing and planned regulation.  

2022-08-24 cyberbullying, excessive use, love, relationships, sexuality (online), media literacy/education Slovenian Safer Internet Centre

New Slovenian study shows that content on social networks has a strong influence on the well-being of young people

On the internet, adolescents are exposed to unrealistic beauty standards, idealised and sexualised images of people and their lifestyles. Failure to live up to such beauty standards imposed by unattainable and often graphically altered pictures online can have a negative impact on the well-being and mental health of young people, according to a new study conducted by the Slovenian Safer Internet Centre.  

2022-05-11 media literacy/education BIK Team

The new Better Internet for Kids strategy is out! Introducing BIK+

Today, the European Commission has adopted a new European strategy for a Better Internet for Kids (BIK+), with the aim to improve age-appropriate digital services and to ensure that every child is protected, empowered and respected online. This new strategy comes ten years after the first BIK strategy, and during the European Year of Youth, spotlighting the voices and ideas of young people themselves.

2022-03-03 cyberbullying, media literacy/education, potentially harmful content Romanian Safer Internet Centre

What is fake news and how can it affect children and teenagers?

Internet access opens up an endless world of interesting things for children and teenagers to discover and, at least in theory, helps them better understand how the world in which we live works. On the other hand, we see daily examples of sites, articles and videos that present social, political and economic events in a style that does not correspond to journalistic principles. 

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