Approaches to Cross-National Analysis: The EU Kids Online Project

Leslie Haddon


This article draws mainly on the first nine months of the project EU Kids Online, an 21-country study evaluating European research on children’s experience of the Internet. The project is funded by the EC’s Safer Internet Plus Programme. Although this is work-in-progress, and the first formal reports only appeared on the website in the autumn , there is already enough material and experience from the project to provide some first reflections for any other research that plans to consider cross-national analysis. The areas of the project that will be considered in this article are:
a) the goal of charting empirical studies conducted in this area of research, b) the analysis of factors shaping why certain types of research are conducted in certain countries and c) the strategies involved in the comparative evaluation of the actual data. Since one working group within COST298 is also covering these issues, albeit in relation to research on the Internet in general, the final section of the article reflects on synergies, similarities and differences between the two projects.


Internet literacy, media literacy, media education

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