The final report of EU Kids Online III, the result of a study on 33 countries, was released at the 2014 Safer Internet Forum in Brussels earlier this month. This interactive report links to all findings, methods and recommendations over the past three years, and includes a YouTube playlist with EU Kids Online researchers presenting their findings in 26 languages. Project director Professor Sonia Livingstone explains the key findings.
During the course of the project, from 2011 till 2014, children's online patterns have changed considerably and they are now using the internet in more places in their daily lives. In particular, new internet-enabled devices, like tablets and phones, are making children's usage more private than ever. But, despite all the efforts in recent years directed towards increased safety, awareness and digital literacy, our research finds that compared with 2010, European 11- to 16-year-olds are now more likely to be exposed to hate messages (from 13% to 20%), pro-anorexia sites (9% to 13%), self-harm sites (7% to 11%) and cyberbullying (7% to 12%).