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Our overarching aim

To enhance and maximise long-term positive impact of the ICT environment on multiple aspects of wellbeing for all children by stimulating resilience through the enhancement of digital skills

Objective 1:
To acquire extensive knowledge and better measurement of digital skills.
Objective 2:
To develop and test an innovative, evidence-based explanatory and foresight model predicting the complex impacts of ICT use and digital skills on children’s cognitive, psychological, physical and social wellbeing.
Objective 3:
To explain the ways in which at-risk children (in terms of mental health, ethnic or cultural origin, SES and gender) can benefit from online opportunities despite their risk factors (material, social, psychological).
Objective 4:
To generate insightful evidence-based recommendations and strategies for key stakeholder groups to promote digital skills and wellbeing.

Our approach

ySKILLS proposes a holistic, child-centric approach to understanding how use of the internet has variable consequences for children’s rights to participation, information, freedom of expression, education, and play, and to protection from harm.


Read our most recent ySKILLS Newsletter

This ySKILLS newsletter gives an overview of the findings and activities from the previous months of the ySKILLS project.

ySKILLS webinar:
Youth mental health and internet use

This webinar discusses one of the four in-depth studies of the ySKILLS project, focusing on youth mental health and internet use.

Blog: Key lessons learned using performance tests to measure digital skills

Report on the development of real-life tasks encompassing information navigation and processing, communication and interaction, and content creation and production skills.


The ySKILLS consortium includes 16 partners who will actively engage in meeting the objectives of the project. To achieve these objectives, ySKILLS brings together leading international centres for research on media studies, communication sciences, youth research, psychology, pedagogy, law, educational neuroscience and sociology.

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Latest news from our blog

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Cyberhate exposure is a problem that affects children and young people around the world. Knowledge of digital skills may help prevent exposure to potentially harmful content. At the same time, these skills can draw them more easily into the dark corners of the online environment. We […]
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There is growing public and expert concern that young people’s digital activities on the internet may worsen their mental health although the evidence remains contested. Does gaining digital skills make a difference to improving young people’s wellbeing outcomes? Do young people develop distinctive skills because of […]
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Most studies use self-assessments to measure digital skills, in which respondents are asked to evaluate how well they perform. However, how well someone thinks they perform in relation to a range of digital skills does not always provide an accurate estimation. As such, self-assessments can have severe shortcomings in terms […]

Related projects

As part of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, ySKILLS, as well as other related projects has received funding to enhance and maximise long-term positive impact of the ICT environment on multiple aspects of wellbeing for all children. Here are some fellow projects:

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