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Youth Skills (ySKILLS)

How can the long-term positive impact of the digital environment on children and adolescents be enhanced and maximised?

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About the project

Digitisation is changing society. Communication technology strongly impacts children's and adolescents' wellbeing. In order to benefit from new technologies, new skill sets are required. 

The overarching aim is to enhance and maximise the 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.


  • To acquire extensive knowledge and better measurement of digital skills.
  • To develop and test an innovative, evidence-based model predicting the complex impacts of ICT use and digital skills on children’s cognitive, psychological, physical and social wellbeing.
  • To explain the ways in which at-risk children, in terms of mental health, ethnic or cultural origin, socio-economic status, and gender, can benefit from online opportunities despite their material, social and psychological risk factors.
  • To generate insightful evidence-based recommendations and strategies for key stakeholder groups to promote digital skills and wellbeing.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement no. 870612. Our website reflects only the authors’ views and the European Union is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.



01.01.2020 - 31.12.2023

Published Apr. 29, 2021 9:47 AM - Last modified June 2, 2021 3:25 PM