Internet-related policy is a topic of fierce global debate, with questions such as, should it be national or international, who should oversee it, what should it relate to, how should it be developed and who should be the main stakeholders? When it comes to children and the internet, things are particularly complex as policies related to child rights tend to be scattered across different domains (health, education, welfare and justice), and are not always linked to broad public policy objectives related to the digital economy, digital society or to internet governance.
This Guide examines the relationship between research and policy in this area, and supports researchers to frame their objectives and findings in ways that (directly or indirectly) support policy development processes that affect children. We start by examining the current policy landscape related to children and the internet, and the key issues and drivers behind these policies. We then make concrete suggestions and recommendations about how to ensure evidence is relevant and used to facilitate the policy-making process.
The guide also includes: a checklist with key questions to consider when planning to use research to support policy development, a number of relevant case study examples, and a list of key resources.
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The preferred citation for this report is:
Byrne, Jasmina, Albright, Kerry and Kardefelt-Winther, Daniel (2016) From research findings to policy-making: children’s rights in a digital age. London: Global Kids Online. Available from: www.globalkidsonline.net/policy