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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
A new study collects data on kids' digital use during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced children in Europe (and beyond) into "lock-down" at home.
Schooling, leisure time, social contacts, take place at home and via digital media.
Children are more than ever, consumers of digital media and content.
The situation also opens new opportunities for children:
Yet, research (PDF) found that 'increased time spent online should increase the likelihood of negative experiences'.
Negative experiences include:
It seems essential to gather quickly comparable cross-national data to
In March 2020, JRC in collaboration with selected European research teams began a study:
"Kids' Digital lives in COVID-19 Times" (KiDiCoTi).
The study gathers data to map the evolution of children's digital engagement during the coronavirus lock-down with a particular focus on children
The knowledge and know-how developed by the recent JRC study 'young children (0-8) and digital technology' and its cross-European research network have facilitated this effort.
At the moment of writing, 26 research centers in 15 European countries (PDF) and the research office of UNICEF collaborates on this new study.
The results of this study are intended to support the EU security union strategy and its new ecosystem as well as the European strategy for a better internet for children relayed by its platform better internet for kids.