Research partners are key stakeholders in the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) 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 better and safer internet field.

Do online risks have real-world consequences?

Debating the offline consequences of online behaviour is a frequent topic of discussion in the current digital age, by both internet safety experts and end-users alike.

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Global Kids Online project launched

Children worldwide gain benefits, face risks on the internet - new study by UNICEF and LSE.

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Latest roundup from Parenting for a Digital Future

Over the summer, the team from Parenting for a Digital Future at the LSE released a policy brief about ‘screen time', arguing that many parents' fears of digital devices are based on out-dated advice. Together with the Media Policy Project, they held an invite-only event, which brought together researchers, policy-makers, advocates and content and platform providers to discuss what new advice to families about ‘screen time' should look like. An event summary is here, and on YouTube.

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New study on cyberbullying among young people

  • Research
  • 15/09/2016
  • European Parliament

The European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs has recently published a study titled ‘Cyberbullying among young people'. The study provides an overview of the extent, scope and forms of cyberbullying in the EU, taking into account the age and gender of victims and perpetrators as well as the medium used.

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Teens' concerns about online safety

When it comes to personal online safety, teenagers appear to be aware of the possible imminent risks that they may encounter on the internet just as much as adults.

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Time for some monkey business - Apestaartjaren 6 research (online behaviour of the Flemish youth age 12 - 18)

  • News
  • 16/08/2016
  • Belgian Safer Internet Centre

Today, 92 per cent of Flemish youth (12-18 years old) have their own smartphone. For them, it is their most important digital device. Young people use their smartphone in a very multifunctional way: to follow current events and to discuss homework, but also to game, stream music, and to chat. With this, smartphones slowly suppress game consoles and MP3 players.

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The European Handbook for Teaching Privacy and Data Protection at Schools

  • Research
  • 11/08/2016
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Under the framework of the ARCADES research project, for the past 18 months, three European data protection authorities (DPAs) – from Poland, Hungary and Slovenia – as well as the Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) have looked for best practices in teaching privacy and personal data protection at schools.

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UK research finds that digital detoxers are ditching their devices

A new research report from Ofcom in the UK has found that "digital detoxers" are looking to strike a healthier balance between technology and "life beyond the screen". 

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Perils and possibilities: Growing up online - new UNICEF report

As part of their work with #WeProtect (a global alliance to end child sexual exploitation online), UNICEF has published a brief report which showcases young people's perceptions of the risks that children and adolescents face coming of age in the digital world.

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Research on the impact of online marketing on children's behaviour

  • News
  • 30/05/2016
  • BIK team
A new study by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers provides novel insights into the prevalence and charateristics of online marketing which targets children. 
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