A report which includes for the first time research data about Malta based upon the study conducted by the Malta Communications Authority in 2010 reveals that almost all secondary students (98%) use the internet weekly while the majority (54%) of all children use it daily.
EU Kids Online – a pan-European research project has just published a report with the most recent research on internet access and use by European kids from 33 countries, as well as associated risk and harm, together with parental mediation and safety.
The report includes a number of policy recommendations that can be adopted in the formulation of a national policy about internet use. Two of the recommendations ask for more media education at school and the training of adults enabling them to mediate their children’s internet use.
The studies indicate that there are a number of countries (including Lithuania, Austria, Romania and Estonia) where parents are less aware of children’s risk experiences. In other countries like Ireland and Italy, the prevalence of risk is low because, thus far, internet usage is underdeveloped. On the other hand high levels of personal mobile internet access in some countries such as Norway, Germany and the UK produce new challenges for safeguarding children.
The report EU Kids Online: National Perspectives can be obtained from this link