11 February 2020 – New Report: EU Kids Online 2020

Across the 19 countries in the 2020 EU Kids Online research, contrary to the myth of digital natives, information navigation skills are unevenly distributed. These include the ability to assess the reliability of online information (varies between 36% and 75%) and the ability to choose the right keywords in an online search (varies between 52% and 89%), and are particularly low among children and adolescents in Germany and Italy, two of the six ySKILLS focal countries in our three-wave school survey and performance testing to come.

More information: EU Kids Online

30 January 2020 – LSE ySKILLS Seminar

The LSE team organised a ySKILLS seminar to introduce the H2020 project to the postgraduate students, colleagues and visiting fellows from the Department of Media and Communications.  


17 January 2020 – Kick-off meeting

ySKILLS successfully kicked-off in Leuven.

6 January 2020 – Call for papers

Communications – The European Journal of Communication Research announced a special issue on Children and Media: Emerging Issues, planned for publication in August-September 2021.

Guest Editors: Brian O’Neill & Veronika Kalmus

22 November 2019

We are very excited to announce the launch of our new international and interdisciplinary project called Youth Skills (acronym: ySKILLS). ySKILLS examines risks and opportunities related to children’s and adolescents’ ICT uses and their digital skills to understand how to purposefully use ICTs towards greater cognitive, physical, psychological and social wellbeing.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 870612. This ambitious project will have its kick-off meeting on 16 and 17 January 2020 at KU Leuven, Belgium. The duration of the action will be 48 months. The coordinator of ySKILLS is professor dr. Leen d’Haenens (Institute for Media Studies, KU Leuven).