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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.

NEWS

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:
Challenges of longitudinal data collection in schools

This webinar discusses the various challenges that occur during longitudinal data collection in schools. The webinar will also present the lessons learned from the first wave of the ySKILLS project, which was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blog: Digital activities and digital skills of non-binary youth

With the growing visibility of the LGBTQ community, many scholarly insights regarding gender differences are quickly becoming outdated, or yield a limited perspective.

Consortium

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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With the growing visibility of the LGBTQ community, many scholarly insights regarding gender differences are quickly becoming outdated, or, at the very least, yield a limited perspective. Especially among today’s young people, a growing number identify with a sexual or gender identity that does not align […]
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As societies repeatedly raise concerns about the harmful outcomes of certain online experiences on young people’s wellbeing, one priority for research is to identify the factors that mediate between risk and harm. If we can find these, surely we can deploy them strategically to protect young […]
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Do high self-reported digital skills correspond with high actual digital knowledge?  Most adolescents report high skills in practices related to communication and interaction, their main online daily activity. Meanwhile, both the lowest and highest rates of correct answers on digital knowledge are related to the ways […]

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:

CONTACT US
KU Leuven
Coordinator ySKILLS

Parkstraat 45, box 3603
3000 Leuven
Belgium