The conclusions are highlighted in a report by the European project ySKILLS, which investigates the acquisition of skills to explore digital opportunities and resilience in spite of its risks.
Out of 19 European countries, Portuguese children and young people are among those who seem most positive about their digital skills, as has been pointed out in a European project ySKILLS report looking into the acquisition of skills to explore digital opportunities and resilience in spite of its risks.
The positive self-evaluation of their digital skills by Portuguese young people “demonstrates self-confidence by younger Internet users and are in line with what was found in previous studies, which lends them consistency”, says Cristina Ponte, coordinator of the Communication Sciences Department of NOVA FCSH and the ySKILLS project in Portugal. It is now important to “add in to these self-report data an evaluation of their digital performance results to these responses so as to verify that what they can actually do is in line with what they say they know how to do”, she concludes.
The ySKILLS Report, which deepens the data analysis of the recent European survey EU Kids Online, also points to the European tendency of children to have greater digital skills when engaging in more online activities, whether communication, entertainment, education, etc. On the contrary, they score lower on digital skills when parents limit their children’s online activities.
Another similar ySKILLS report, this one on a global scale, has been presenting results from 110 studies from 64 countries published since 2010. It concluded that digital skills play a key role in school learning, and that the benefits of digital skills are made use of both on- and offline. The results further suggest that better digital skills can help protect children from the risk of online harm, although further studies are needed.
Led by the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), the ySKILLS project is funded by the European Commission in an amount exceeding three million euros. Fourteen universities from 13 countries and the European Schoolnet participate in the study.