At the beginning of 2020, we are very proud to announce the kick-off at KU Leuven on the 16th and 17th of January of ySKILLS or Youth Skills, a H2020 project (Grant Agreement Number 870612) that will be carried out during the next four years by an interdisciplinary consortium of 15 research teams from 13 countries in Europe.
Besides great opportunities, digitisation poses also many dangers/risks for children and young people. There is a lack of scientific data on impacts and contexts of the digital activity of children and adolescents, and we still lack solid knowledge of how to avoid it. The EU-funded ySKILLS project will conduct academic longitudinal survey research in six European countries on risks and opportunities from the information and communication technologies (ICT) uses for children and adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17. The goal is to understand which skills they must obtain to knowingly and critically use ICT for their wellbeing, education, social life and how they can build resistance against negative impacts. The project will enable new strategies and policy recommendations.
IRTIS members will participate on two work packages from the ySKILLS project. We lead the WP2 which is focused on integration of theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches. WP2 aims to develop a comprehensive theoretical model that would help understand the associations among the social and psychological antecedents of digital skills and consequences for children’s and adolescents’ wellbeing. We will also participate in WP4 which focuses on conducting a longitudinal quantitative data collection. You can read more about the project and our involvement here.
Kick-off meeting at Leuven
New study: Social relational factors of excessive internet use
IRTIS members J. Mikuška, D. Šmahel, and L. Dědková together with E. Staksrud, G. Macheroni, and T. Milosevic from the EU Kids Online network published a new study suggesting that positive family and school relationships protect adolescents from excessive internet use.
We are looking for new postdoc to join our team!
We are seeking a highly motivated researcher for a postdoctoral position in media psychology/communication/media studies for IRTIS at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.
How Do Health-oriented Websites Impact Women’s Drive for Thinness?
In the blogpost for the ySKILLS project, IRTIS members Nikol Kvardová, Hana Macháčková, and David Šmahel explain how online social support relates to the internalization of body-appearance norms and drive for thinness among young women. They also discuss the potential buffering role of digital skills.
European children’s experiences of cyberhate
Marie Bedrošová from IRTIS writes about the cyberhate phenomenon and comments the results of EU Kids Online IV results regarding this issue in a post for the London School of Economics' blog Parenting for a Digital Future.