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Research & Resources

CyberSafeKids engages in its own research and is an avid consumer of others’ research on the area of online safety and digital wellbeing of children.

We also have free downloadable resources for parents and schools which you can find below.

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new: annual trends & usage report

Our latest report published on September 5th 2023 provides a detailed overview of the data we collected in the 2022-23 academic year from over 5,000 children (aged 8-16).

The report highlights our observations on trends, risks and opportunities, as well as recommendations and a call to government to do more to create a safer and smarter online world for children and young people.

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annual research report 2021-22

We produce a detailed overview of the data we collect from children on an annual basis in our annual report and this highlights our observations on trends, risks and opportunities.

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annual research report 2020-21

We produce a detailed overview of the data we collect from children on an annual basis in our annual report and this highlights our observations on trends, risks and opportunities.

GDPR

digital age of consent: 2yrs Later

We have also been involved in research on the Digital Age of Consent specifically in relation to the impact on age-verification and sign-up procedures

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annual research report 2019-20

We produce a detailed overview of the data we collect from children on an annual basis in our annual report and this highlights our observations on trends, risks and opportunities.

2019 Annual Report

annual research report 2018-19

We produce a detailed overview of the data we collect from children on an annual basis in our annual report and this highlights our observations on trends, risks and opportunities.

2018 Annual Report

annual research report 2017-18

We produce a detailed overview of the data we collect from children on an annual basis in our annual report and this highlights our observations on trends, risks and opportunities.

2016

annual research report 2016-17

We produce a detailed overview of the data we collect from children on an annual basis in our annual report and this highlights our observations on trends, risks and opportunities.

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IRC Research project

CyberSafeKids is co-sponsoring a 4-year IRC research project

CyberSafeKids is co-sponsoring a 4-year PhD project in psychology under the IRC Employment Based Postgraduate Programme. The project is led by Mattia Messena and supervised by Dr. Marina Everri and Dr. Valerie O'Brien (University College Dublin), and it involves three countries: Ireland, Italy and the UK.

Through a mixed-method design, it aims to:

  • deepen knowledge of the link between children's wellbeing, digital skills and use of ICT
  • understand the role of families and schools in supporting digital skills and safe and positive use of ICT
  • test the efficacy of CyberSafeKids' educational programmes in fostering children’s digital skills development to support safe, positive use of ICT and digital wellbeing.

Project results will make advancements in the field of children's health and wellbeing in contemporary digitized societies, by providing both new knowledge and practical advice for parents and teachers to support children's digital skills development, safer, positive use of ICT and social-emotional wellbeing.

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Children's Digital Skills Report (English)

A PhD study by Mattia Messena and UCD on safe and positive use of Digital Technologies in Ireland and Italy.

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Children's Digital Skills Report (Italiano)

A PhD study by Mattia Messena and UCD on safe and positive use of Digital Technologies in Ireland and Italy.

Resources

There are many fantastic organisations working worldwide to make
kids safer and lots of free resources out there for teachers, parents and kids.

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Common Sense Media

A world of resources and recommendations about apps, games, TV shows and movies, and much more.

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PEGI

All you need to know about gaming content.

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Webwise

Irish government-funded website offering free advice and resources for teachers and parents.

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Online Wellbeing Guide

Free articles and resources from Family Friendly HQ, created in association with CyberSafeKids.

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NSPCC

A sign aimed at parents with everything from the general conversations to talking about sexting and porn

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FOSI

Resource site aimed at parents and educators.

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SWGfL

Has a useful resource section for educators and parents.

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SpunOut

An online advice portal for teens which covers online safety and much, much more.

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Media Literacy Ireland

Independent association of members committed to the promotion of media literacy across Ireland

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Head Start Kernow

Building resilience and mental wellbeing for children and young people

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Ask About Games

Great parental resource site all about games

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TREND MICRO CYBER ACADEMY 

Bite-sized internet safety lessons for parents and teachers of kids aged 7-10

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DATA PROTECTION TIPS

Know your child's rights online and keep their data safe

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THE ECONOMIST EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION

Supporting teachers who are dedicated to empowering children with skills to thrive in our complex and polarised world

YGAM - website

Ygam

Evidence-led education to help prevent gaming and gambling harms