Online opportunities bring diverse benefits for children’s learning, participation, creativity and identity. Or so it is often claimed. Although society has invested hugely in access to digital technologies, a recent evidence review found that surprisingly little is understood about how online opportunities generate tangible outcomes for children…
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.
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.
The CO:RE Evidence Base is an online directory collecting all available publications on children and youth using online media in Europe since 2010.
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
The CO:RE Platform offers distinct areas or hubs for e.g. educators, policy & industry stakeholders and rearchers, where they find resources and materials tailored to specific needs.
CO:RE Blog – The blog hosts posting from internal as well as external authors on critical topics, newly published reports, CO:RE events, etc.
The News Board provides an up-to-date news digest on relevant topics, partners, network activities, and CO:RE in the media.
CO:RE Publications – Here, interested audiences can read and download all published CO:RE e-brochures and reports.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Within the next three years the CO:RE poject will establish a multifunctional knowledge platform. Discover more about our functions & services we are planning.
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.
CO:RE ADVISORY BOARD & ETHICS ADVISOR
The CO:RE Advisory Board is a body of external experts who provide critical strategic advice in developing the CO:RE knowledge base. We invited senior members of key institutions and organisations in the domain of children and youth digital media use. Additionally, we are glad to have the project coordinators of three corresponding EU-funded Research and Innovation Actions (RIAs) on board. Moreover, we are grateful to have a renowned expert in her field as CO:RE Ethics Advisor, who supports the CO:RE project in ethics compliance.
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:
CO:RE – Children Online: Research and Evidence
Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut
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