The network expanded into Latin America, where experts from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay initiated collaboration to conduct similar surveys and research in their countries. Kids Online América Latina was established in June 2015 in order to exchange experiences and produce better ways to measure internet use among children in Latin America.
Brazil has been a pioneer in the region, with national surveys since 2012, thanks to a joint effort between EU Kids Online and the Regional Center for Studies on the Development of the Information Society (Cetic.br) led by Alexandre Barbosa (Cetic.br and Global Kids Online Expert group). Research began in Argentina in 2015 and in Chile in 2016 with studies in Ecuador and Uruguay under way.
The upcoming studies will be compared both within the region, as well as with those from Europe, paying attention to diversity and difference related to sociocultural environments, age, gender, internet use, skills, and risks that children encounter online. Global Kids Online Latin America aims to produce research that will help children and their parents use the internet in a safe and responsible way, enjoying all the potential benefits that the online environment affords.