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Digital literacy and safety skills

This study evaluated the digital skills of 25,000 European internet users aged 9-16 by examining their online activities, skills, and self-efficacy. It was found that the range of digital skills is linked to the variety of online activities. However, many children in the 11-13 age group lack crucial safety and critical skills. Additionally, the distribution of skills is uneven across different socio-economic statuses. The development of safety skills may foster other skills, and having more skills is associated with more online activities. Therefore, educating children about online safety may not only prevent risks but could also enhance online opportunities.

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