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Children’s digital skills positively affect learning outcomes

Research Children’s digital skills positively affect learning outcomes The ySKILLS project, which has published today two different reports, reveals that preference for online social interaction is positively associated with digital skills. Findings from a systematic analysis of the predictors and outcomes of digital skills in Europe The first report Digital Skills, Risks and Wellbeing among European Children , was authored by a team of researchers led by Giovanna Mascheroni and based at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and Masaryk University. Predictors of skills The most surprising finding of our analysis on the predictors of digital skills is that preference for online social interaction (POSI) – namely, feeling more confident and safer when communicating online rather than face-to-face – is positively associated with digital skills. A further significant predictor of digital skills – which received little attention in prior research – is feeling safe on the internet, which positively predicts digital skills in all countries but France, Italy, and Slovakia. It can be argued that the children feel safer online, engage in a wider range of online activities, which would support their acquisition of digital skills. The outcomes of digital skills Our analysis has shown that digital skills are positively associated with digital engagement, though different types of skills are conducive to different types of online opportunities. However, there is very little evidence on how different kinds of digital skills result in different strategies of coping with harm, and on the outcomes of digital skills on children’s wellbeing.

 
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