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, two best-practice guides have recently been published.
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.
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.
Learning and working are becoming increasingly digitised. However, European experts on Education and Labour Market consider the quality and effectiveness of initiatives to foster digital skills as often deficient, and their provision unequal. The experts, interviewed in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, agreed that this worldwide crisis acted as a "wake-up call" for governments to re-assess their digital needs and invest more in digital literacy education for all.
On Friday, 18 September 2020, the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics (LSE) held, in the framework of the CO:RE – Children Online: Research and Evidence (CO:RE) project, its third CO:RE Theories Webinar on "Digital Technologies in the Lives of Children and Young People", inviting the project coordinators from three Horizon 2020 projects – ySKILLS, DigiGen and DIGYMATEX – to share their conceptualisations and research methodologies on the topic.
The new school year is beginning for many across the globe and, although COVID-19 continues to necessitate at least some distance learning, the realities of bullying – both online and off – remain. A new Microsoft study shows 4 in 10 teens in 32 countries report being "involved" in a bullying incident and, perhaps surprisingly, nearly the same percentage of adults, as well.
The Greek Safer Internet Centre (SIC) has recently published a new scientific article entitled "Understanding the online behaviour and risks of children: results of a large-scale national survey on 10-18 year olds". The paper includes the results of two large scale surveys that have been conducted the last two years in 900 Greek schools, among 27,000 students aged 10-18.
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