The ySKILLS (Youth Skills) project is funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme under Grant no. 870612. It involves 15 partners from 13 countries to enhance and maximise the long-term positive impact of the ICT environment on multiple aspects of wellbeing for children and adolescents by stimulating resilience through the enhancement of digital skills. Starting from the view that children are active agents in their own development, ySKILLS examines how digital skills mediate the risks and opportunities related to information and communication technology (ICT) uses by 12-17 year olds in Europe. See www.ySKILLS.eu.
The overarching aim of ySKILLS is: to enhance and maximise long-term positive impact of the ICT environment on multiple aspects of wellbeing for all children by stimulating resilience through the enhancement of digital skills.
ySKILLS will identify the actors and factors that undermine or can promote children’s wellbeing in a digital age. The relations between ICT uses and wellbeing will be critically and empirically examined over time.
ySKILLS’ research objectives
To acquire extensive knowledge and better measurement of digital skills;
To develop and test an innovative, evidence-based explanatory and foresight model predicting the complex impacts of ICT use and digital skills on children’s cognitive, physical, psychological and social wellbeing;
To explain how at-risk children (as regards their mental health, ethnic or cultural origin, socio-economic status and gender) can benefit from online opportunities despite their risk factors (material, social, psychological).
To generate insightful evidence-based recommendations and strategies for key stakeholder groups in order to promote European children’s digital skills and wellbeing.