EU Kids Online – New Report 

A couple of new reports are out from EU Kids Online. Here are some extracts:

Broadly speaking, the more internet users there are in a country, the more legislation there is regulating activities on the internet. In countries where the internet is less common, more Government efforts are made to promote internet use, while once the internet becomes more common, risk awareness and then literacy initiatives gain priority on the policy agenda.

Underlines the broad paradigm for liberal democracies – universal access is the initial priority.

It is teenagers, rather than children in general, who are the digital pioneers in Europe. While children aged 12-17 are more likely to use the internet than are parents (87% vs. 65%) this is not the case for those under 11 years old. Hence, for younger children, it is reasonable to expect that their parents will understand the internet sufficiently to guide their use, but this may not hold for teenagers.

Overall, the evidence supports the hypothesis that internet-related skills increase with age. This is likely to include their abilities to protect themselves from online risks although, perhaps surprisingly, this has been little examined.