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


  • Leslie Haddon LSE - London School of Economics, UK



Internet literacy, media literacy, media education


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.

Author Biography

Leslie Haddon, LSE - London School of Economics, UK

Dr Leslie Haddon is part-time Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communication at the London School of Economics and researcher on the EC project EU Kids Online. Over the last 20 years he has worked chiefly on the social shaping and consumption of information and communication technologies, covering the topics of computers, games, telecoms, telework, intelligent homes, cable TV, mobile telephony and Internet use. In addition to numerous journal publications and book chapters, Haddon was co-author of The Shape of Things to Consume: Bringing Information Technology into the Home (with A. Cawson and I. Miles, Avebury, 1995), author of Information and Communication Technologies in Everyday Life: A Concise Introduction and Research Guide (Berg, 2004) and main editor of Everyday Innovators, Researching the Role of Users in Shaping ICTs (Springer, 2005).




How to Cite

Haddon, L. (2008). Approaches to Cross-National Analysis: The EU Kids Online Project. Observatorio (OBS*), 2(1).