Children and young people spend more time increasingly online to learn new things, socialise, keep in touch with peers and family, play video games, or express themselves. Understanding children’s digital lives is crucial, but it is not always easy to be well-informed or to follow current debates. Being up to date is especially difficult because of the increasing amount of research being produced by different disciplines on a wide range of topics (e.g., online risks, children’s rights, online learning, mental health, etc.) and in more countries and regions than ever before.
Despite this huge amount of research, evidence is usually inconclusive and sometimes even contradictory. Moreover, academic research is not always easily accessible to people outside academia. This happens because scientific publications are not written for the general public, and this can make them less interesting or hard to understand. On top of that, many scientific publications are not available for free, which limits their access to people outside of the academic world.
To help you and others working in education get comfortable with key topics and debates about children and online technologies, we have developed this toolkit with the help of educators and young people. We hope that the resources contained here will be useful as guidance and inspiration and will stimulate you to consult and use more research in your work.
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Why should and how can educators integrate research in their day-to-day work?
Select one of the three areas below to start exploring the reasons and recommendations for including research and evidence in day-to-day work in education.
What does research say about the following key topics:
provides a range of helpful resources for educators and schools
Contains good quality and up-to-date resources about children and digital technologies for teachers, practitioners, and policymakers
Contains a wide variety of materials ranging from project websites to practical guides and lesson plans
All resources contained here have been recommended by CO:RE and/or by our own stakeholders.