General Article EU Kids Online 2020 finds more risk to children online, but not always more harm

Topic Selected: Internet Book Volume: 371

By Sonia Livingstone

For Safer Internet Day 2020, a new report, EU Kids Online 2020: Survey results from 19 countries, has mapped the risks and opportunities of the internet for children in Europe. For the report, researchers from the EU Kids Online network collaborated between autumn 2017 and summer 2019 to conduct a major survey of 25,101 children aged 9-16 in 19 European countries. 

Screen time problems?

Most European children use a smartphones ‘daily’ or ‘almost all the time,’ and devices are changing too, as the report documents. For example, in most countries less than half of children aged 9-16 access the internet through a desktop computer or notebook, 3-13% (depending on the country) connect though a wearable device, and 1-18% via a connected toy.

The survey shows that compared with the EU Kids Online 2010 survey, the time children spend online each day has almost doubled in many countries – for exa

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