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Children Online: Research and Evidence

About CO:RE

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, policymakers 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.

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.

Funded by the European Commission

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.

Who we are

We are a team of experts from 10 partnering institutions in 9 European countries. We are closely tied to the research network EU Kids Online and closely collaborate with our H2020-funded partner projects DigiGen, DIGYMATEX and ySKILLS. Read more about the project consortium and its partners below.


Management & Communication

Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI) | Germany

The team at HBI coordinates the project, supports the consortium and ensures that the project objectives are achieved.

Further, it coordinates all communication and dissemination activities promoting the CO:RE Knowledge Base as central hub for researchers and stakeholders in education, policy-making and industry.

Lastly, the team is in charge of all managerial duties towards the European Commission, including addressing all EC ethical requirements, and supports all consortium member in their reportings to the commission.

Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI)
Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI)
Uwe Hasebrink
WP 01 / WP 11 leader
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Claudia Lampert
WP 01 / WP 11 co-leader
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Valentina Dopona
WP 01 / WP 11 member
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Evidence Base

Università Cattolica del Sacre Cuore | Italy

The team at USCS creates the evidence base of this platform. It collects all studies and publications that address children's and young peoples online experiences, with a particular focus on risks, benefits, vulnerabilities and well-being, published in the affiliated 35 pan-European countries since 2014.

In doing so, the team provides a structured and annotated overview of the available research and evidence on this topic. The annotations specifically address implications for stakeholders from research, education and policy-making.

Università Cattolica del Sacre Cuore
Università Cattolica del Sacre Cuore
Piermarco Aroldi
WP 02 leader
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Giovanna Mascheroni
WP 02 co-leader
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Davide Cino
WP 02 member
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Data Directory

University of Akureyri | Iceland

The team at UNAK identifies and collates existing data sets that are available for re-analysis into one systematic and comprehensive pan-European data directory. In doing so, the team also prepares the raw data of the latest EU Kids Online comparative survey (2020) and transfers them to an open-access social science data repository.

The CO:RE data directory then presents all raw data available for re-analysis in all associated countries together with cross-references to the respective study in the evidence base and to the respective data repositories and data owners.

University of Akureyri
University of Akureyri
Kjartan Ólafsson
WP 03 leader
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Rostislav Zlámal
WP 03 member
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Key Topics

University of Tartu | Estonia

The team at University of Tartu identifies and monitors the most relevant topics in the broad field of digital technologies in the lives of children and young people. In collaboration with experts from different disciplinary backgrounds, the team publishes a series of blog posts and short reports.

Beyond that, the team actively engages all main stakeholders, including academics and students, policy makers, professionals working with children and young people, caregivers, ICT industry and public media, to continuously report on their perceived hot topics and blind spots in the field.

University of Tartu
University of Tartu
Veronika Kalmus
WP 04 leader
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Andra Siibak
WP 04 member
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Mari-Liis Tikerperi
WP 04 member
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Maria Murumaa-Mengel
WP 04 member
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Marit Sukk
WP 04 member
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Signe Opermann
WP 04 member
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London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) | United Kingdom

The team at the LSE works on theory, providing a series of mutually cross-fertilising mechanisms to coordinate and support the theoretical dimension of research.

The team identifies valuable theoretical concepts that offer multidisciplinary breadth and depth in understanding the long-term impact of digital media on children and youth, and coallates all in a comprehensive theory toolkit that provides guidance throughout the theory pathway, from (research) question to generating theory.

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Sonia Livingstone
WP 05 leader
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Mariya Stoilova
WP 05 member
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Tampere University | Finland

The team at the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication of TUNI identifies, develops and provides access to resources on qualitative, quantitative and mixed research methods together with evaluating their validity in research practice.

These resources are collated in the CO:RE methods toolkit that cross-reference resources from the evidence base, the compass for research ethics, and the theory toolkit, to give users tools to apply to their individual research contexts.

Tampere University
Tampere University
Jussi Okkonen
WP 06 co-leader
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Sirkku Kotilainen
WP 06 co-leader
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Guna Spurava
WP 06 member
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Iiris Tuvi
WP 06 member
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Ethical Issues

University of Oslo (UiO) | Norway

The team at UiO works on research ethical considerations and develops the CO:RE compass for research ethics.

This tool collates a broad digital portfolio of resources on research ethics towards researchers, informants, and others, enhancing the understanding of how to conduct research with and in collaboration with children and young people. It also cross-references to all other CO:RE tools and complements them with and ethical lense.

University of Oslo (UiO)
University of Oslo (UiO)
Elisabeth Staksrud
WP 07 leader
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Niamh Ní Bhroin
WP 07 member
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Policy Stakeholders

Technological University Dublin | Ireland

The team at TU Dublin facilitates and promotes the uptake of state of the art scientific evidence by policymakers, while fostering feedback loops that allow policymakers to bring attention to under-researched, yet necessary aspects for policy making. The team hosts a series of events and fora, to give a voice to everyone concerned, from children and young people, to educators and policymakers.

Furthermore, the team publishes a series of policy briefs and reports, as well as collates all key actors in policy-making relevant to children, youth and digital media in one comprehensive European policy contact directory.

Technological University Dublin
Technological University Dublin
Brian O'Neill
WP 08 leader
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Thuy Dinh
WP 08 member
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Educational Stakeholders

European Schoolnet | Belgium

The team at European Schoolnet develops an educational toolkit that makes existing research on the impact of technological transformations on children and youth known and usable for educational stakeholders in Europe and beyond. In doing so, they engage with educational stakeholders in consultation processes to understand how the educational toolkit can be most useful to support existing educational and learning processes. Furthermore, the team provides a series of mechanisms to coordinate and support the implementation of empirical evidence in processes of school development and teachers’ training.

European Schoolnet
European Schoolnet
Sabrina Vorbau
WP 09 co-leader
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Verónica Donoso
WP 09 co-leader
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Eray Basar
WP 09 member
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Sophie Smit
WP 09 member
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Hans Martens
WP 09 advisor
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Technical Infrastructure

TAKEPART Media & Science GmbH | Germany

The team at TAKEPART develops all technical infrastructures required in the CO:RE project and is the technical creator of the CO:RE Knowledge Base and all its components. Furthermore, the team designs the project's visual design and logos.

TAKEPART Media & Science GmbH
TAKEPART Media & Science GmbH
Andreas Ott
WP 10 leader
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Katja Matthias
WP 10 co-leader
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Reza Rezvani
WP 10 member
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Our advisory board

Advisory board member & ethics advisor

Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda


Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda is a cultural anthropologist with research interests in big data, algorithms, social media, open science and internet research ethics. She is a Professor of Digital Culture and Director of the Digital Age Research Center (D!ARC) at the University of Klagenfurt in Austria. Her past work at the GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences included the implementation of Open Science for research data gathered from both surveys and social media.

Advisory board member

Andrea Parola


Andrea Parola is consultant based in Brussels. He is currently the project manager of the ICT Coalition for Children Online. The coalition aims to help younger Internet users across Europe to make the most of the online world and deal with any potential challenges and risks. Andrea also leads as Managing Director, the company he created in 2009, EU Strategy, which is involved in public affairs and advocacy.

Advisory board member

Martin Schmalzried


Martin Schmalzried holds a Master’s Degree from the ULB (Brussels) in Political Science and is a licensed sociology teacher in upper secondary education. He has been working at COFACE (Confederation of Family Organisations in the EU) as a Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer for over nine years. He was responsible for the content of the #DeleteCyberbullying project and was involved in a number of European Projects as external expert including POSCON, ENABLE and SIP-BENCH II and III. He follows the DG CNECT Alliance to better protect minors online and is an expert to the Council of Europe on Digital Citizenship Education.

Advisory board member

Volker Stollorz


Volker Stollorz is the chief editor and managing director of SMC. A passionate science journalist, he has been reporting at the sometimes difficult interface between science and society since 1991. After studying biology and philosophy at the University of Cologne and the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam, Volker was involved in the launch of three science desks first-hand (ZEIT, Die Woche, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung). He is a long-standing member of the Association of German Science Journalists, WPK, and has won multiple awards for his print, online and radio reports.

Advisory board member & coordinator of DigiGen

Halla B. Holmarsdottìr


Halla B. Holmarsdottir is Professor and Vice-Dean of Research at the Faculty of Education and International Studies, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway. Her research experience includes ethnographic fieldwork with children and young people, scientific coordination and collaboration in cross-national and interdisciplinary research teams, supervision of junior researchers, and co-editing and reviewing of scientific publications. Her research draws on interdisciplinary approaches and includes research on language issues, marginalization in education, social justice, gender, education and youth. This work has taken a central focus in looking at the way in which education and more specifically teacher education can contribute to providing competencies for democratic participation. She is currently the coordinator of a large-scale European Research project funded by Horizon 2020 (Grant Agreement no. 870548) entitled The Impact of Technological Transformations on the Digital Generation (DigiGen).

Advisory board member & coordinator of DIGYMATEX

Marco Hubert


Marco Hubert is Associate Professor in the Area of Marketing at AU BSS, Aarhus University, Denmark. In general his research deals with questions on the intersection of marketing, innovation and consumer research while focusing more specifically on consumer behavior and user acceptance, innovation communication, digital environments and entrepreneurship. His research has been published in journals like MIS Quarterly, Psychology & Marketing, Journal of Business Research, European Journal of Marketing, or Journal of Economic Psychology. He has broad industry experience working with companies like Mars, Siemens, IBM, Bahlsen and Deutsche Bank. He is currently the coordinator of a large-scale European Research project funded by Horizon 2020 (Grant Agreement no. 870578) entitled Establishing a comprehensive understanding and taxonomy of children’s digital maturity (DIGYMATEX).

Advisory board member & coordinator of ySKILLS

Leen d’Haenens


Leen d’Haenens is a Professor in Communication Science at the Institute for Media Studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences in KU Leuven, where she teaches ‘Analysis of Media Texts’ and ‘European Media Policy’ at the BA level, and ‘Media, Audiences and Identity’ at the MA level. Her research interests touch upon the topic of young people and (social) media use, with a focus on vulnerable youth. She combines quantitative and qualitative methods, multi-site comparisons, and in recent years ‘small data’ with ‘big data’ methods. She is co-editor of Communications: the European Journal of Communication Research and associate editor of the International Communication Gazette. She is a member of the Euromedia Research Group. She is currently the coordinator of a large-scale European Research project funded by Horizon 2020 (Grant Agreement no. 870612) entitled Youth Skills (ySKILLS).

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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