Studies show that children start using ICT and web services at an early age. Online media offers a great range of possibilities for different people, so accessibility and user-oriented approaches are important factors to take into account when designing web services. This is why it is important to take children into account as users of internet, web services and other online media.
According to a recent statistical research about children and young peopleĀ“s free time in Finland, among 7-9 year olds, the most common ways to use the internet is to read or watch content produced by other users, for example on YouTube (84 per cent). This highlights the notion that the internet and web content is global in its nature in a sense that people can use them around the globe. Other popular web activities are playing games (77 per cent), information gathering (66 per cent) and sharing pictures and videos with friends or family (53 per cent). According to the study, children and young people use the internet and digital media diversely and there are different approaches in how and what content is used online.
For more information on positive content approaches in Finland, please contact the Finnish Safer Internet Centre (SIC) in the first instance - find contact details and further information here.


Positive Content Gallery

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  • Screenshot of Aparaattisaari

    Aparaattisaari/Gadget Island

    Country: Finland

    Age range: 3-6 years of age, 6-8 years of age

    Together, the Gadget Island game and stories, containing functional sessions, form an excellent learning environment. The participatory stories provide greater depth within the themes addressed b ...

    By Helsinki City Library

  • Screenshot of Lasten uutiset

    Lasten uutiset/Children's news

    Country: Finland

    Age range: 6-8 years of age, 8-10 years of age, 10-12 years of age

    Lasten uutiset (Children's news) is a news portal aimed at children. Generally, news media are targeted mainly to adult consumers, often leaving children aside as a potential audience. However it ...

    By Helsingin Sanomat

  • Screenshot of Lasten sivut
    Finnish, Swedish

    Lasten sivut/Children's pages

    Country: Finland

    Age range: 3-6 years of age, 6-8 years of age

    According to a recent survey conducted by the Central Union of Child Welfare, not all children and young people are ...

    By Ombudsman for Children

  • Screenshot of Pikku Kakkonen

    Pikku Kakkonen

    Country: Finland

    Age range: < 3 years of age, 3-6 years of age, 6-8 years of age

    The Pikku Kakkonen website is an extension of a traditional and well-known television programme for children with the same name. The website consist of several positive activities aimed specifica ...

    By YLE (Yleisradio, Finnish Broadcasting Company)