EU Kids Online Project

European research on Cultural, Contextual and Risk Issues in Children’s Safe Use of the Internet and New Media (2006-2009)
Tuesday 24 October 2006 Jivka Marinova
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As the Internet and new online technologies become embedded in everyday life, pressing questions arise regarding their social consequences. Children, young people and their families tend to be in the vanguard of new media adoption, benefiting from early take-up of new opportunities afforded by the Internet, mobile and broadband content, online games and peer-to-peer technologies. However, they also encounter a range of risky or negative experiences for which they may be unprepared. These risks, the everyday contexts in which they occur, and the ways they are being addressed, are all subject to continual change.

To guide the development of a flexible policy framework and develop the academic research agenda, a rigorous, updated, context-sensitive evidence base is vital. The EU Kids Online project examines research carried out in Member States into how people, especially children and young people, use new media. In this three-year collaboration, researchers will collaborate to identify, compare and evaluate the available evidence.

The participating countries are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Key questions include:

- What research exists and what research is still needed?

- What risks exist, for whom, and for which technologies?

- How do social, cultural and regulatory influences shape responses to risk?

- What similarities and differences exist across Europe?

- What factors influence research in this area?

The aim is to identify and compare research findings across Member States so as to inform recommendations for child safety, media literacy and risk awareness. The project invites researchers and practitioners to inform them of research or policy developments so as to achieve this goal.

A project funded by the EC Safer Internet Plus Programme

Contact details of the leading organization:

- Professor Sonia Livingstone and Dr Leslie Haddon, Department of Media and Communications, The London School of Economics and Political Science.

Bulgarian partner: GERT