Children and young people increasingly spend more time online to learn, keep in touch with friends and family, play video games, or express themselves. Being up to date with children's digital lives is especially difficult because of the abundant amount of research being produced by different branches on a wide range of topics (e.g., online risks, children’s rights, online learning, mental health, etc.) and in more countries and regions than ever before.
Despite this huge amount of research, evidence is usually inconclusive and sometimes even contradictory. Moreover, academic research is not always easily accessible to people outside academia. This happens because scientific publications are not written for the general public, and this can make them less interesting or hard to understand, or are not able to reach the audience they intend to support. On top of that, many scientific publications are not available for free, which limits their access to people outside of the academic world.
To help all education professionals to get comfortable with key topics and debates about children and online technologies, CO:RE has developed this toolkit with the help of educators and young people. The resources of the toolkit will be useful as guidance and inspiration and will encourage to consult and use more research in your work.
The main aims of the toolkit are:
- Bringing together updated, evidence-based and practical resources for education stakeholders
- Helping educators better understand, use, and find “good” research about children’s engagement with digital technologies.
The education toolkit is based upon the key findings from national consultations and the co-creation workshops. These steps were crucial for stakeholder engagement to identify users’ requirements and to translate academic resources into more accessible outputs.
The toolkit has three main target groups: teachers and school staff, practitioners and professionals from the informal or non-formal education sectors interested in the topic of children and digital technologies (e.g., Safer Internet Centres, civil society organisations, youth workers, etc.), policymakers and their advisors interested in the topic of children and digital technologies (e.g., Ministries of education, media, youth, etc.).
Explore the toolkit on the CO:RE website.
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About the project
The CO:RE – Children Online: Research and Evidence (CO:RE) project was a three-year long project funded by the European Commission in the framework of Horizon 2020, aiming to establish a pan-European knowledge platform on digital technologies in the lives of children and young people. The project ran from January 2020 until December 2022.
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.