ySKILLS: Youth Skills

The Youth Skills (ySKILLS) project aims to better understand the role of digital skills in the life of children and the effect those skills have on their wellbeing, education and social life.

ySKILLS starts from the observation that digitisation is changing society and requires a new set of digital skills, which many children and adolescents in Europe currently do not master. This can negatively affect their educational, informational, and social inclusion and wellbeing.

Therefore, the project examines both risks and opportunities related to children's and adolescents' (aged 12 to 17) ICT uses as well as their digital skills to understand how to purposefully use ICTs towards greater cognitive, physical, psychological and social wellbeing of children and adolescents. The project also attempts to better understand how children and youth can best build resilience against negative impacts.

ySKILLS will provide recommendations for strategies that can be used by children, parents, schools, and people working with and for children to develop skills that will maximise positive opportunities and minimise the risk of harm.

To achieve these objectives, ySKILLS brings together leading international centres for research on media studies, communication sciences, youth research, psychology, pedagogy, law, educational neuroscience and sociology.

Website: https://yskills.eu/

Duration: 2020 - 2023

Funding: European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme

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  • Status: Past