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5.8 MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS, Media and socio-cultural communication
Online activities for 9-16 year olds in Ireland are substantially below European norms leaving many opportunities unexplored.
57% of young people don’t go beyond the second step of a ‘ladder of opportunities’.
Cluster analysis shows that ‘a low use, low risk’ pattern to be the most prominent followed by a “moderate-use, entertainment and communication- oriented” use of the internet.
Young people’s digital skills are closer to the European average though less than half express confidence in their own skills.
Younger children, in particular, are lacking in many basic safety skills.
O'Neill, B. Dinh, T.: Digital Literacy, Digital Opportunities. Digital Childhoods Working Paper Series (No.2)
Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences