Getting acquainted with research
This first area of the education toolkit guides educators and teachers through the important key topics:
In doing so, the toolkit provides helpful materials and resources and offers an easy way into working with research and evidence.
Key topics on children's and young people's experiences online
Digital technologies are commonly used at home and at school and are an important part of children and youngsters’ social life and leisure time. They help them stay in touch with friends, relatives, peers, and others. They use them to have fun, to learn new things, to express themselves, to find information and for many other purposes. Digital technologies bring along many opportunities for children and adolescent development but also new challenges and sometimes also risks and harm.
Research about children and digital technologies has grown exponentially. In fact, in the last decade thousands of studies that explore the impact of these technologies in children and young people’s lives have been published. We also see an increasing interest from a wide range of disciplines in researching these issues, for instance, social sciences, psychology, education, medicine, and even legal studies. Because these disciplines focus on different aspects of children’s relationship with technologies, we now have access to a huge amount of knowledge about, for instance, how technologies relate to children and young people’s wellbeing, physical and mental health, learning outcomes, social relationships, self-esteem, children’s rights, and many other topics. Of course, this is great! The more knowledge we possess, the better. However, having access to so much knowledge can be overwhelming, especially because research publications are written for a specialised audience and not for the general public.
In a field where things are constantly changing, as is the case of digital technologies, it isn’t easy to keep up with research. Besides, you may struggle to find or understand academic publications, especially if they are full of specialised jargon or are not freely accessible, or you may lack time or the motivation to read usually dense scientific journals or long reports. So, even if you are convinced that research about children and technologies is important for you as an educator, as a parent, and/or as a professional working with children, it isn’t evident to remain up to date. For this reason, resources and platforms which offer research updates in reader-friendly formats, such as blog articles or infographics, are much needed.
The knowledge gained from research can help improve teaching and learning practices, to inform policy decisions and, ultimately, can help children and young people be healthier, more skilled, and more responsible online. For this reason, the CO:RE project wants to help educators like you, to get closer to research by offering you key insights on the topic, providing ideas about how to use research in your work and by helping you keep up to date through our recommended resources. We hope you will enjoy learning more about what current research says about the key topics we have selected for you!
Why pay attention to online risks?
What are online risks?
What do we know about online risks for kids?
What can schools do to help children be better prepared to cope with online risks?
Why pay attention to digital skills?
What are youth digital skills & what do we know about them?
What are the consequences of digital skills?
What are the challenges ahead & what useful tips are there for educators and policy-makers?
Why pay attention to the impact of digital technologies on the wellbeing of adolescents?
Well-being and mental health: What is the difference?
How are digital technologies and wellbeing and mental health connected?
What valuable tips are there for educators and schools?
Why pay attention to children's data and privacy?
What is privacy & what types of data are there?
How does the collection of children's data affect privacy?
What are the challenges in protecting children's privacy & what useful tips are there for educators?
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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.