Slide Uwe Hasebrink,
Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut, Hamburg


CO:RE – Children Online: Research and Evidence is a highly dynamic project in which different actors are involved and in which different activities take place. Here we inform about all activities relevant to the project, be it events, publications, blog posts, or press releases.

Updates Participating in CO:RE

How you can participate and get involved in the development of CO:RE

The CO:RE project aims at developing a European knowledge platform on digital technologies in the lives of children and young people read more about CO:RE. What makes it different from other knowledge platforms in this field is that it is structured along a range of activities tailored to bring actors in academia, education and policy-making together and to foster dialogue with as many stakeholders and interest groups as possible.

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Updates CO:RE | Zoom Meeting April 2020

May we introduce…

The dialogue between science and society has never been more critical. Finding sustainable solutions and answers to societal challenges can only be achieved through close exchange with as many stakeholders and interest groups as possible. Advisory Boards and Ethics Advisors are important bodies safeguarding these science-society relations and thus the quality of a project.

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Updates CO:RE Webplatform

Our timeline for year 1 – Conceptualisation

With the start of the year, the CO:RE project has picked up speed, and our WP teams are hard at work. Every other week, we get together via video conference and exchange on the current status and upcoming actions. The first year of CO:RE is entirely dedicated to conceptualising the CO:RE Knowledge Platform. In the second year, we’re focusing on the (technical) implementation of the knowledge base and making it available to you. And lastly, in the third year, all…

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Updates CO:RE and the Generation Z

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On 16 January 2020, the CO:RE project members met at the European Leibniz Office in Brussels for the first time. Over the next three years, the project partners will work on building a knowledge base on the online experiences of children and young people. The aim is to make available studies, findings and data sets, and to identify pressing issues for the digital lives of children and youth. Together with people and organisations working in education, research and policymaking, CO:RE…

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Children and young people go online virtually every day. International data on children and online media is extensive, heterogeneous and partly contradictory.

Our aim is to create a comprehensive pan-European knowledge platform with the participation of international researchers, educators, policy makers and concerned dialogue groups. Providing an overview of the research situation, enabling access to empirical data, distributing policy recommendations and offering resources for education lie at the heart of our work.

About CO:RE

Our mission.

The aim of the coordination and support project “Children Online: Research and Evidence (CO:RE)” is the conception and implementation of a comprehensive and at the same time dynamic, 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.

The CO:RE knowledge platform provides a holistic overview of the current research landscapes and enables access to empirical data for re-analysis. Furthermore, it offers a range of resources and materials, such as blog posts, reports, and e-brochures for researchers, educators, and policy-makers alike for more than 30 European countries.

The project is funded within the EU framework of DT-TRANSFORMATIONS-07-2019: “The impact of technological transformations on children and youth” and has a duration of three years.

CO:RE Project Structure

Structure of the Project!

The work of the CO:RE consortium is structured in eleven distinct work packages (WPs) over the project duration of three years (2020-2022).

Thereby, the objectives, tasks and deliverables within the WPs are closely interlinked to achieve the CO:RE project goals. WPs 1 and 10 support and coordinate the overall project framework.

WP 1: Management.

WP 1 coordinates the project and the consortium and ensures that all project objectives are achieved and that the CO:RE platform is implemented.

Further, it coordinates the communication and dissemination activities that both promote the CO:RE platform to researchers and other stakeholders, i.e. educators, policymakers and industry partners. Ultimately, the goal is to anchor the CO:RE platform as the central hub for children’s and youth’s ICT research, evidence, and data for all concerned actors.

WP 1 Lead: Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut

CO:RE Management
CO:RE Evidence Base

WP 2: Evidence Base.

WP 2 collects existing research evidence about how children and young people behave and interact online, as well as the risks they may encounter while online. Thereby, particular attention is devoted to the vulnerabilities of children and young people in the digital environment, published in all participating and affiliate countries since 2010 (2010-2013: EU Kids Online; as of 2014: CO:RE).

In doing so, WP 2 provides a structured database identifying and describing research evidence to make them available and researchable to European researchers and stakeholders.

Additionally, the CO:RE Evidence Base cross-references to the CO:RE Data Archive for data sets applicable for re-analysis.

WP 2 Lead: Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

WP 3: Data Archive.

WP 3 identifies and collects existing data sets that can be used for re-analysis.

In this process, it builds a systematic and comprehensive data archive on the impact of digital technologies on children and youth in Europe since 2010 (2010-2013: EU Kids Online; as of 2014: CO:RE). Furthermore, the CO:RE Data Archive cross-references to the CO:RE Evidence Base and links together published evidence and data sets.

WP 3 Lead: University of Akureyri

CO:RE Data Archive

WP 4: Key Topics.

WP 4 identifies and monitors the most relevant topics in the broad and multidisciplinary research area of children and youth in digital media environments.

In doing so, WP 4 interlinks vital issues with existing theoretical insights and empirical evidence and publishes a series of short reports and blog postings to inform stakeholders and to instruct policy recommendations in national as well as international contexts.

WP 4 Lead: University of Tartu

WP 5: Theories.

WP 5 provides a series of cross-fertilising mechanisms and activities to coordinate and support the theoretical plane of research on the impact of technological transformations on children and youth.

By identifying disciplinary perspectives, interrogating theoretical and conceptual assumptions and bringing together contrasting academic positions, WP 5 explores new theories, ideas and disciplinary viewpoints to refresh established lines of inquiry and thus aiding innovation and advancement in the field.

In doing so, WP 5 develops a series of constructive and practical tools to support theoretical development, such as multidisciplinary webinars, online fora and workshops.

WP 5 Leader: London School of Economics and Political Science

CO:RE Theories
CO:RE Methods

WP 6: Methods.

WP 6 provides a digital portfolio of resources on qualitative, quantitative and mixed research methods to researchers, universities and youth education interested in the field.

By catering to various disciplines concerned with children and youth online, WP 6 enhances the understanding of how to research the long-term impact of digital media on children and youth, including the standards, practices and particularities of co-research together with children. In doing so, WP 6 provides workshops, a summer school, as well as an online handbook on mixed methods and validation of research treating children and youth as media users as well as empirical experts.

WP 6 Leader: Tampere University

WP 7: Ethical Issues.

WP 7 delivers a digital portfolio of resources on research ethics to researchers, informants (including children) and others, enhancing the understanding of how to conduct research with children in an ethical manner and in accordance with relevant law.

Thereby, the principles of good scientific practice, including reliability, honesty, respect and accountability, as described in the European Codes of Conduct for Research Integrity, are critical aspects.

In doing so, WP 7 provides an online one-stop-shop for researchers, explaining relevant laws, presenting standards of informed consent in different European countries, and offering checklists, templates and guidelines to students and researchers. Further, WP 7 gives workshops and training seminars, and publishes a handbook directed at children on participating in research and their roles as informants, which will be available in different European languages.

WP 7 Leader: University of Oslo

CO:RE Ethical Issues
CO:RE Policies

WP 8: Policies.

WP 8 facilitates and promotes the uptake of state of the art scientific research by policymakers, while fostering feedback loops that allow policymakers to bring attention to under-researched, yet necessary aspects for policy making.

In doing so, WP 8 publishes a series of Policy Briefs in close collaboration with other WPs publications of reports, e-brochures, and blog postings.

Furthermore, WP 8 provides an online directory of European policymakers relevant to children, youth and digital media, offers an annual policy seminar, arrange a youth policy forum ensuring seldom heard voices’ appropriate representation and inclusion in policymaking, and hosts a joint research-industry forum, promoting exchange on topics of mutual relevance between scholars and industry policy specialists.

WP 8 Leader: TU Dublin

WP 9: Education.

WP 9 bridges CO:RE to the educational sector and establishes cooperations, which aim at increasing recognition of existing evidence on the impact of technological transformations on children and youth with educational stakeholders in Europe and beyond.

Further, WP 9 engages with the educational stakeholder group in teachers training, informing curricular developments, project work as well as peer-to-peer training and parents’ information sessions around online safety.

WP 9 establishes, beyond that, a robust feedback look from the educational community that helps initiating future research and informing the work of the CO:RE project.

WP 9 Leader: European Schoolnet

CO:RE Education
CO:RE Technical Infrastructure

WP 10: Technical Infrastructure.

WP 10 develops the technical infrastructures required for the CO:RE project.

These infrastructures include an intelligent web and mobile “Research Related Content Framework” that allows accessing current research results from different stakeholder groups, an international standardised database for research data, abstracts, and research results and a smart content search engine based on the data sets and evidence relevant to all stakeholders.

WP 10 Leader: TAKEPART Media & Science GmbH

WP 11: Ethics Requirements.

WP 11 is reserved for all ethical questions concerning CO:RE as a joint project.

A designated ethics officer will ensure that the project meets all ethical requirements of the EU Commission.

WP 11 Leader: Leibniz Institute for Media Research| Hans-Bredow-Institut

CO:RE Ethics Requirements


Within the next three years the CO:RE poject will establish a multifunctional knowledge platform. Discover more about our functions & services we are planning.

CO:RE Functions & Services

Evidence Base

The CO:RE Evidence Base is an online directory collecting all available publications on children and youth using online media in Europe. Thereby evidence focuses on how children and youth behave and interact online, as well as on the risks concerning children’s and young people’s vulnerabilities in digital media environments.

Data Archive

The CO:RE Data Archive is an online repository that provides a comprehensive collection of existing data sets on children’s and youth’s online media use in Europe. Beyond that, it will offer a set of interactive tools of data analysis and data visualisation to kindle the reuse and thus make the broadest possible use of this rich set of existing empirical data.


The CO:RE Platform offers distinct areas for e.g. educators, policy & industry stakeholders and researchers, where they find resources and materials tailored to specific needs.


The blog hosts posting from internal as well as external authors on critical topics, newly published reports, CO:RE events, etc.

News Board

The News Board provides an up-to-date news digest on relevant topics, partners, network activities.


Here, interested audiences can read and download all published CO:RE e-brochures and reports.

The Consortium


Behind CO:RE is a team of renowned scientists and experts who have been working for many years in different contexts and projects on the online use by children and young people.

Elisabeth Staksrud, UIO Oslo
Elisabeth Staksrud

WP7 Leader

Elisabeth Staksrud is a full professor at the Deptartment of Media and Communication, University of Oslo (NO). She is principal investigator in EU Kids Online Norway and part of the EU Kids Online management team, and in 2018 she lead and coordinated the European survey and data collection in the project (9-17 year olds in 10+ countries).
She is Work Package 7 Leader.

Jussi Okkonen, TAU
Jussi Okkonen

WP6 Leader

Jussi Okkonen, PhD, is University Researcher at the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication of Tampere University (FI).

Uwe Hasebrink, HBI Hamburg
Uwe Hasebrink

WP1/11 Leader

Uwe Hasebrink, PhD, is director of the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI) (DE) and professor in Empirical Communication Research at the University of Hamburg. Since 2014, he is the coordinator of the European research network “EUKidsOnline” and is member of the steering group of the research network “GlobalKidsOnline”.
He is the Coordinator of the CO:RE project, oversees the general management, and coordinates the project work and information flow.

PROFESSOR SONIA LIVINGSTONE | Professor | London School of Economics & Political Science
Sonia Livingstone

WP5 Leader

Sonia Livingstone DPhil (Oxon), FBA, FBPS, FAcSS, FRSA, OBE, is a professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK). She currently directs the projects “Children’s Data and Privacy Online,” “Gobal Kids Online” (with UNICEF) and “Parenting for a Digital Future”, and she is Deputy Director of the UKRI-funded “Nurture Network.” Since founding the 33 country EU Kids Online research network, Sonia has advised the UK government, European Commission, European Parliament, Council of Europe, OECD and UNICEF, among others, on children’s internet risks, safety, media literacy and rights in digital environments. She blogs at
She is Work Package 5 Leader.

Sabrina Vorbau, EUN
Sabrina Vorbau

WP9 Leader

Sabrina Vorbau is Project Manager at European Schoolnet (EUN) (BE) and has been a member of its Digital Citizenship Team since 2014. She is involved in a variety of online safety projects such as Better Internet for Kids (BIK), the eSafety Label and SELMA (Social and Emotional Learning for Mutual Awareness). She is Work Package 9 Leader and manages all related CO:RE activities of European Schoolnet (EUN).

Kotilai Sirkku
Sirkku Kotilainen

WP6 Co-Leader

Sirkku Kotilainen, PhD, is professor in Communication Sciences at the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences of Tampere University (FI). She has over 20 years of experience in research topics mainly covering digital literacies and media education among children and youth, teacher’s media competencies and media education in youth work. More recently, her research has focused on promoting media education among at-risk youth and, methodological developments in co-research with young people as empirical experts in their uses of online media.

Signe Oppermann, University of Tartu
Signe Opermann

WP4 Team Member

Signe Opermann, PhD, is a researcher in Media Sociology at the Institute of Social Sciences, the University of Tartu (EE).
She is a member of the Work Package 4 team and contributes to editing CO:RE short reports.

Veronica Kalmus, University of Tartu

WP 4 Leader

Veronika Kalmus is full professor of Sociology at the Institute of Social Studies, the University of Tartu (EE). Since 2007, she has been the leader of the Estonian team of the EU Kids Online network and has served as an independent expert in the field of the Information Society and Media for the European Commission.
She is Work Package 4 Leader, coordinates the publication of CO:RE short reports and contributes to editing the reports.

Our Partners

The CO:RE project is funded within the EU framework of DT-TRANSFORMATIONS-07-2019 “The impact of technological transformations on children and youth” and connected with the following Research and Innovation Actions:

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