Anca Velicu


Anca Velicu is researcher at the Institute of Sociology (Romanian Academy). Her main research interests include young children’ use of digital technology, parental mediation, media education and the opportunities to use new media for education. Some of the most important projects in which she has participated: 2017-19, Makerspaces in the early years: enhancing digital literacy and creativity (dir. J. Marsh), 2015-17 Friends 2.0 (dir. M. Barbovschi), 2015 Young Children (0-8) and Digital Technologies (dir. Stephane Chaudron), 2014-17, The Digital Literacy and Multimodal Practices of Young Children (dir. J. Marsh), 2009-2014, EU Kids Online Project (dir. S. Livingstone & L. Haddon); 2012-2014, Net Children Go Mobile Project (dir. G. Mascheroni).


Moderator for “Right to participation: Children and adolescents as digital citizens” roundtable

Annemarie Wennekers


Annemarie Wennekers is a researcher at the Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP) in the Hague, where she studies the role of media and technology in society. Amongst other projects she coordinates a comprehensive time-use study on (digital) media use in the Netherlands. Annemarie has a background in the social sciences (MA, The University of Chicago), social psychology (MSc/PhD, Radboud University Nijmegen) and communication science (assistant professor persuasive communication at the University of Amsterdam).


Moderator of the table “Knowledge acquisition: Learning online”, part of the workshop “Benefits and Positive Outcomes”

Bieke Zaman


Bieke Zaman is assistant professor in Human-Media Interaction / Digital Humanities at Mintlab, part of the Institute of Media Studies (KU Leuven – imec), Belgium. Fascinated by the tech side of the social, and the social side of tech, Bieke Zaman pursues research programs on Children, Digital Media and Design, and Games and Learning. Bieke graduated from the KU Leuven in 2004 as a master in Communication Sciences (summa cum laude), obtained post academic degrees in Usability Design (2005) and Web Development (2007), and a doctoral degree in social sciences (2011, KU Leuven). At the KU Leuven, Bieke is lecturing courses on Media and Design, Human-Computer Interaction, Qualitative Research, Media Research and Innovation, and Emerging Technologies and Applications. Bieke Zaman is a regular speaker at both national and international conferences and events. She is member of several academic editorial boards (e.g., International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing Journal), international conference committees (e.g., ECREA, Interaction Design and Children) and international networks (e.g., EU COST Action IS1410 DigiLitEY). An overview of her publications, can be found online: https://lirias.kuleuven.be/cv?u=U0046668


Workshop 2.2. Digital citizenship: The role of parents and caregivers

Bram Allegaert and Lennert Mottar









Youth workers at BEAM/JES
BEAM is a Brussels based medialab and a part of JES, a big youth work organization active in Brussels, Ghent & Antwerp.
They develop new methods and technologies and organize workshops and trainings for both youngsters and youthworkers.
BEAM has an expertise in the field of digital storytelling, they developed ‘Lomap’, their very own free smartphone app, and are currently focusing on game development workshops and their new online platform ‘BXLopenview’, a multimedia channel that wants to bring an expansive view on life in Brussels through the stories and experiences of youngsters.

www.jes.be www.beamblog.be www.lomap.be www.bxlopenview.be


Workshop 1.3: "Digital youth participation"
Media creation by youngsters with a focus on self-expression, identity and their living environment.

What better way to understand online media, than to create it yourself? Through their projects, BEAM aims to make the voice of youngsters more hearable and visible, online and in their own environment. In this workshop they will explain how these 4 cases (digital storytelling, lomap.be, game development workshops and bxlopenview.be) contribute to this goal. You’ll be able to experience some of their methodologies first-hand.

Brian ONeill


Brian O’Neill is Director of Research, Enterprise and Innovation Services at Dublin Institute of Technology. He is a member of the EU Kids Online Management Team and leads the network in Ireland. He is a member of Ireland's Internet Safety Advisory Committee (ISAC) and chaired the Internet Content Governance Advisory Group, reporting to the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. He is a member of the Safety Advisory Board of Ask.fm and the Twitter Trust & Safety Council.  He is also a member of the Council of Europe Digital Citizenship Education Expert Group.


Chairperson, Workshop 2.2: Digital citizenship

Catherine Blaya

Catherine-Blaya.pngCatherine Blaya is Chair of the International Observatory of Violence in Schools and Professor in Education Sciences at the University Nice Sophia Antipolis. She is part of the EU Kids Online research group.  She has been dedicating her academic career to researching issues that might affect the young people’s lives such as dropping out of school, violence in schools, cyberbullying, and cyberhate.


Keynote 4: Online racist and xenophobic hate speech and the experiences of the young people

Cyberhate based on the ethnic background, religion, race can be part of the online experiences of the young people. We present the findings from a survey completed in France (2016) on the involvement of the young people in cyberhate. We explore the experiences of young people (n= 1,587) aged 11-20 as exposed, witness, victims and perpetrators as well as their coping strategies. We also study the association between this type of online aggression and their experiences within the school environment. Findings show that one-third of the participants to the survey were exposed to online hate that one out of ten participants to the survey were are involved as victims or perpetrators. Coping strategies vary from deleting the messages, replying in the same way, making a screen copy or contacting the webmaster. As for mainstream cyberbullying, findings show that Cyberhate is associated to violence in schools.

Claudia Lampert


Dr. Claudia Lampert has been working as a senior researcher at the Hans-Bredow-Institut for Media and Communication Research in Hamburg since 2006.One of her particular research interests is in the area of media socialisation and media-education. In the context of various projects, she is working on the role of digital media in the every-day lives of children and adolescents. She is a member in different associations on children and media education and also of the EU Kids Online project.


Chairperson, Workshop 1.1: Risk and harm

Daniel Kardefelt-Winther


Daniel Kardefelt-Winther holds a PhD in Media & Communications from the London School of Economics. He works at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for the Office of Research, as the coordinator for Global Kids Online, a multi-country project focused on children’s internet use in developing countries. Daniel supports countries on-site with training, survey adaptation, and fieldwork. His prior research has primarily focused on problematic use of technology, with special interest in cognitive, behavioural and health outcomes following internet use and online gaming. He holds a post-doc at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.


Chairperson, Workshop 2.1: Methodological issues

David Smahel

DavidSmahel.pngDavid Smahel, Ph.D. is the Professor at the Institute of Children, Youth and Family Research, Masaryk University, the Czech Republic. He is member of Interdisciplinary Research Team on Internet and Society (IRTIS) which researches social-psychological implications of the internet and technology. Current research focuses on adolescents’ and adults’ internet use, the online risks of children and adolescents, the construction of online identities and virtual relationships, and online addictive behavior. He is editor of Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace and has co-authored book Digital Youth: The Role of Media in Development (Springer, 2011). 

Debbie Plein


Debbie Plein is a tool developper and in charge of communication for BEE SECURE, the Safer Internet Center and National Awareness Center of Luxembourg. BEE SECURE is an initiative of the Luxembourgish gouvernment supported by the European Commission with the aim of promoting a safer internet culture. Debbie has years of experience in training children, youngsters, parents, teachers and educators for a responsible and safety-oriented usage of information technologies. Her motto: „Think clearly – act responsibly – and enjoy IT! Technology advances quickly – human nature doesn’t“

As singer and songwriter, she also likes to spread her passion for digital (and analog) music production and other creative applications of technologies in workshops for all age groups. Debbie has a scientific background in Media Sciences, Psychology and Phonetics (Magistra Artium) and psychophysiology (PHD, University of Trier).


Elisabeth Staksrud


Elisabeth Staksrud, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo. She is also Deputy Chair of the Norwegian National Committee for Research Ethics in the Social Sciences and the Humanities (NESH) and part of the management team of the EU Kids Online project (www.eukidsonline.net). Her main research interests evolves around 1) Children and online risk and opportunities, including rights-based issues and transgressive online behaviour; 2) Freedom of expression and censorship, with a particular interest in new media and regulatory legitimacy; 3) Research ethics.


Chairperson, Workshop 2.1: Methodological issues

Ellen Helsper


Dr Ellen Helsper is Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor in the Media and Communications Department at the LSE. Her research interests include the links between social and digital inequalities; new media audiences; mediated interpersonal communication; and methodological innovation in quantitative and qualitative media and communications research.

She is currently working on the From Digital Skills to Tangible Outcomes; Network Effects in Digital Inequalities; Socio-digital Skills of Disadvantaged Young People; and the Global Kids Online projects. She consults widely for governments, the third and commercial sector on participation in digital societies.


Chairperson, Workshop 1.2: Benefits and positive outcomes

Georges Knell

knell.jpgPsychologist working for the (KJT) Kanner-Jugendtelefon, consortium partner in the LU Safer Internet Center BEE SECURE and operating helpline and hotline

Counsellor at the BEE SECURE Helpline

Content analyst at the BEE SECURE Stopline

Counsellor at the Elterentelefon


Ingrid Paus-Hasebrink

Ingrid Paus-Hasebrink holds a full professorship at the University of Salzburg. She is head of the section for Audio-visual and Online Communication at the Department of Communications. Her research interest focus on receptions studies, mostly on children’s and adolescents’, genre analysis, (media) socialisation and media pedagogy. She is member of the research network EU Kids Online since the beginning in 2006. She has been Vice Dean and Dean at the Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences, University of Salzburg, over six years; she was member of the Academic Senate of the University of Salzburg and head of the department of communications.


Info-Talk: Media and Socialisation - Longitudinal Study on the Role of Media in the Socialisation of Socially Disadvantaged Children (2005 until 2017)


Joel Billieux


Joël Billieux is currently associate professor of clinical psychology at the university of Luxembourg and visiting professor at the Catholic University of Louvain (Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium). He is head of the Addictive and Compulsive Behaviours Lab (ACB-Lab) and member of the Integrative Research Unit on Social and Individual Development (INSIDE, University of Luxembourg). His main area of research regards the psychological factors (cognitive, affective, motivational, interpersonal) involved in the etiology of addictive behaviors, with a particular focus on self-regulation-related processes. Since 2014, he is an expert in a World Health Organization workgroup related to the public health implications of behavioral addictions associated with the excessive use of ICTs.


Participant in Round table discussion: "Children and Youth on the Net"


Jeff Faltz

faltz.jpg“I started working for the “Service National de la Jeunesse” in 2014 where I was at first working as a project manager for the Erasmus+ program. This included promotional tasks, counselling of youth organizations and working within the network of National Agencies. In the beginning of 2017 my responsibilities shifted a little bit and I am now more involved in the field of international youth work. Apart from that I am also responsible, together with my team, to organize every 2 years a big awards ceremony for the best youth projects.”


Jeff Kaufmann


Jeff Kaufmann is an event manager and campaign operator at BEE SECURE, an initiative by the Luxembourg government, supported by the European Commission. It has its purpose in promoting a safer use of new information technology. Furthermore, Jeff is an event manager at BEE CREATIVE, an initiative by the Luxembourgish government, which aims to develop digital literacy of young people and to reach children with a creative approach towards science and technology. In addition to this, Jeff also manages various youth related web sites. He graduated from University of Luxembourg with a bachelor degree in educational sciences.


Workshop 2.3: Be digitally creative! - How to foster e-skills in a creative way

Joanna Wrońska

Joanna Wrońska, lives in Poland, works around Europe as a freelance ERASMUS+Programme trainer.

Sociologist, graduate from Applied Social Sciences at Warsaw University and many national and international professional courses and trainings, among which the Training for Trainers of European Erasmus+ Youth in Action Projects.   Last 15 years engaged in working with main Polish NGOs in training projects addressed to young people, teachers, parents, youth workers and local leaders. Local activist herself, experienced in coaching local youth groups. Passionate and specializing about using digital tools in non-formal and formal education.

Since 2008 member of the Polish National Agency of Erasmus+ Youth (previously Youth in Action) Programme pool of trainers, conducting international training such as “Mobility Academy for Young Leaders”, “Trainer Skill Workshop - IT Tools” and “IT tools in non-formal education of young people”.

One of the creators of the DIG-IT UP! training course for youth workers on creative ways for combining open-air activities in youth work with digital tools and apps, organised by the Italian National Agency of Erasmus+ Youth Programme. Recently working the most with youth and teachers on developing media and digital competencies, contracted within the framework of the "Cybernauci - internet security and creativity" project implemented by the Modern Poland Foundation, commissioned by the Ministry of Education in Poland.


Participant in Round table discussion: "Children and Youth on the Net"

Juha Kiviniemi


I am a Digital youth work professional, freelance photographer and occasional Erasmus+ trainer. I am currently employed at Verke, the Finnish national development centre for Digital youth work as a planner in charge of international affairs. I am highly interested in the cultural differences and realities of youth work in different countries and strategic development of said work on local, national and European levels. When not working, I like to unwind with dry humor, beautiful nature and / or heavy music.


Keynote 3: Adapting youth work to new realities

Lien Mostmans


Lien Mostmans, PhD Candidate, is a digital culture and children’s media use researcher in the Research Center for Culture, Emancipation, Media and Society (CEMESO) at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She specializes in child-centered, qualitative, ethnographic research designs with children about (sensitive) topics such as online privacy, online morality and media-related parent-child dynamics.


Chairperson, Workshop 1.2: Benefits and positive outcomes

Marcus Specht

specht.jpgProf. Dr. Marcus Specht is a Full Professor for Learning Technologies at the Welten Institute (Research Center for Learning, Teaching and Technology) at the Open University of the Netherlands and director oft the Learning Innovation Labs. He received his Diploma in Psychology in 1995 and a Dissertation from the University of Trier in 1998 on adaptive information technology. From 2001 he headed the department "Mobile Knowledge" at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT). His research focus is on Mobile and Contextualized Learning Technologies and Social and Immersive Media for Learning. Since 2014 he is Program Chair Technology Enhanced Learning Innovations at the Welten Institute and member of the management team of the Welten Institute. Prof. Specht is an Apple Distinguished Educator and in 2013-2016 he was President of the International Association of Mobile Learning



Magdalena Jakubowska 

magda.jpgMagdalena Jakubowska has extensive experience in designing services in areas of communication, creativity and cross-cultural training offered for individuals and groups, through residential and on-line sessions. In her work, she is dedicated to developp memorable user experiences using Design Thinking methodology for diverse social, cultural and business problem solving. 


Monica Barbovschi


Monica Barbovschi, Ph.D, is an Associated Researcher with the Institute of Sociology at the Romanian Academy and a research consultant with the Regional Center for Studies on the Development of the Information Society (Cetic.br) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Since 2009, she has been involved in the cross-national EU Kids Online and Net Children Go Mobile projects, working on topics related to young people and social media, as well as qualitative methodologies and ethical challenges in research with young people. She was also a postdoctoral Arnold F. Graves Fellow with the Centre for Social and Educational Research at Dublin Institute of Technology (2011-2012) in the area of children’s rights and a Senior Researcher at the Department of Psychology at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic (2012-2015).


Paul Galles

Paul-Galles.jpgPaul Galles, 43 years young, from Luxembourg-City. Doctorate (PhD) in Theology in Rome (at the Papal Gregorian University with a philosophical dissertation about freedom and redemption in the times of the German Idealism and in the postmodern times).
During 11 years I worked for the Youth pastoral of the Catholic Church as well in the Vatican and in Rome as in Luxembourg by trying to implement innovative projects such as “Pimp my church”.
Since 6 years I am the coordinator of the volunteering program “Young Caritas” run by Caritas Luxembourg and since 3 years an informal coordinator of the upcoming grassroot-network “Young Caritas in Europe”. It’s all about motivating youngsters and creating opportunities for their solidarity to be expressed.
In 2016 I received the “European citizen’s prize” in Luxembourg for the involvement of youngsters into the work with refugees and migrants (for instance a project of youngsters in “The Jungle” in Calais or the project “Living library”, where refugees tell their story to students in schools).
Painter, Conférencier, Sportsman, Worldtraveller, Changemaker.


Participant in Round table discussion: "Children and Youth on the Net"

Petar Kanchev


Petar Kanchev is an expert of the Safer Internet program at ARC Fund. He has an MSc degree in Cognitive Science, acquired from New Bulgarian University. Petar has a two-year experience as a financial analyst for Avery Dennison Inc. in Leiden, The Netherlands. He went through the two-year Teach for Bulgaria program. His responsibilities for the Safer Internet program include: scientific and applied research related to the online behaviour of children; organizing and conducting critical thinking and media/digital literacy trainings for children and youth.


Online Behaviour of 9-17 old Bulgarian Children

Today’s 9-17 years old Bulgarian children are real digital natives. Most of them use internet and mobile communications almost constantly and they have technical skills superior to those of their parents. This is probably the main cause for the parents to ease the supervision and mediation earlier that they used to 6 years ago. And as children start using internet at an ever lower age they need more mediation to develop the necessary social and media skills to be able to benefit more from the opportunities internet provides. The education system also has an important role to play - digital and media literacy should be urgently included in the curricula in order to educate competent and active netizens.

Philip Sinner


Philip Sinner, M.A., is a research associate in the Division Audiovisual and Online-Communication at the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Salzburg. Since 2011, he is a member of the European research network EU Kids Online and a member of the Austrian saferinternet.at Council. Since 2016, he is a member of the Austrian Anti Hate Speech Committee in collaboration with the Council of Europe. Furthermore, he is part of a long-term research project on media socialisation (2005 to 2017), headed by Ingrid Paus-Hasebrink.


Chairperson, Workshop 2.1: Methodological issues

Rebecca Bondü


Rebecca Bondü is a visiting professor for Developmental Psychology at the University of Konstanz. She conducts research in the fields of risk factors and warning signs for severe acts of violence and on the consequences of sensitivity to negative social cues.


Chairperson, Workshop 1.1: Risk and harm

Robert Schommer

Robert-Schommer.jpgRobert Schommer describes himself as « fun loving geek ever since brain started understanding binary code ». He is a freelance coach at the Base1 makerspace and part of the Luxembourgish Maker-Movement since its beginnings. Besides teaching kids how to use digital tools in a creative way, Robert runs his own business – a new media production company.


Workshop 2.3: Be digitally creative! - How to foster e-skills in a creative way

Sonia Livingstone


Sonia Livingstone OBE is a professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is author of 20 books on children’s online opportunities and risks (most recently, of “The Class: Living and Learning in the Digital Age”). She directs the research projects Global Kids Online and Preparing for a Digital Future and was founding director of EU Kids Online. See www.sonialivingstone.net


“Children’s rights in the digital age: present paradoxes and future promise”

Children constitute an estimated one-third of the world’s population, and, significantly, one-third of the world’s internet users. As society increasingly embeds digital networks and services into its fundamental infrastructure, the rights of both users and non-users in a digital age matter. To understand how children’s rights in particular are being reconfigured in and through digital networks and services, I will identify some pressing paradoxes to be resolved if future promise is to be realised. These concern ensuring rights online as well as offline; prioritising among potentially clashing rights; distinguishing opportunities from risks; identifying the best interests of the child online.

Participant in Round table discussion: "Children and Youth on the Net"

Stéphane Chaudron


Stéphane Chaudron works on research projects dedicated to Empowering Children Rights and Safety in emerging ICT at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. Her background is in Social Geography and Science Pedagogy. She has been for years in charge of the coordination of large European Research Networks dedicated to e-Safety, New media education, Standardization and Science Teaching Education (UCLouvain, Imperial College London, European Schoolnet). She has been in charge of the coordination of EC’s research project ‘Young Children (0-8) and Digital Technology’ since 2014.


Chairperson, Workshop 2.1: Methodological issues

Uwe Hasebrink


Uwe Hasebrink is the director of the Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research (www.hans-bredow-institut.de/en/) and professor for communications at the University of Hamburg. Since 2015 he acts as the coordinator of the EU Kids Online research network. In 2015 he co-organised the international expert conference “Net Children 2020 – Growing up with Media” in Berlin, the predecessor event of the “Children and Youth in the Net Conference” in Luxembourg. Besides children and young people and their online experiences his main research interests are media repertoires in converging media environments.


Children’s and young people’s online practices and well-being:
On the need to permanently reinvent the wheel

“Children and Youth on the Net” will be another important step in the broader multi-stakeholder process that sets out “to monitor and understand the use of online media of the younger generations, to foster digital media education and to protect children and youths at cross-country levels” (conference website). In the last years, this process has been quite intense: many experts contributed to the empirical evidence on children’s and young people’s online practices and experiences; they developed policy and education oriented recommendations; they initiated projects and campaigns aiming at awareness raising and increasing digital literacy. What is the stage that we have reached within this process? Starting from the discussions at the European Expert Conference “Net Children 2020 – Growing up with Media” that took place in Berlin two years ago, I will reflect on recent developments of the media environment, and on old and new challenges for children, young people, their parents, their teachers, the media industry and media regulators. For us as experts in the field, the dynamics of media-related and societal developments lead to the need to permanently “reinvent the wheel”, to carefully evaluate in which respects former concepts and methods are still able to contribute to a better internet for children and young people and, insofar as needed, to develop new concepts and strategies.


Keynote 1: Children's and young people's online practices and well-being: On the need to permanently reinvent the wheel

Theresa Plankenhorn


Theresa Plankenhorn studied Empirical Communication Science at the universities of Vienna (Austria) and Hohenheim (Germany). Since 2014, she is consultant for media and audience research at the State Media Authority of Baden-Württemberg (LFK). She is co-author of the KIM (“Kindheit, Internet, Medien” – “Childhood, Internet, Media”) and JIM (“Jugend, Information, (Multi-)Media – Youth, Information, Multimedia) series of studies.


Info Talk: KIM and JIM – Basic data on media usage of children and youth

With its representative study series KIM and JIM the Medienpädagogische Forschungsverbund Südwest (Pedagogial Media Research Centre Southwest, mpfs) has collected and analysed basic data on media usage of children and youth in Germany since 1998. KIM and JIM are conducted jointly by mpfs - the two State Media Authorities of Baden-Württemberg (LFK) and Rhineland-Palatinate (LMK) - and the Südwestrundfunk (SWR).

Vilmante Pakalniskiene


Vilmante Pakalniskiene is an Associate Professor at Vilnius University. She earned her master degree in Clinical Psychology at Vilnius University and her PhD in Developmental Psychology at Örebro University in Sweden. She has a good background in research methodology and advanced statistics. Her main research interest is adolescents’ behaviour, internet psychology.


Chairperson, Workshop 2.1: Methodological issues