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Dezember 2019

Kids online – Risk or Fun?

At this event, Prof. Dr. Uwe Hasebrink, Dr. Claudia Lampert and Kira Thiel will present the results of a current representative survey on the online experiences of children and young people and invite the participants to join them in a discussion.

When: 16 December 2019, 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Guest House of the University, Lecture Room, Rothenbaumchaussee 34, 20148 Hamburg (next to the HBI)
How: Participation is free of charge, but we kindly ask you to register.

Children and young people use the Internet intensively and in very different ways. In doing so, they are confronted with a variety of risks. However, their risk perception and risk awareness do not always coincide with those of their parents. These are the results of the representative EU Kids Online Survey in Germany, conducted by the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI).

Three quarters of the 12- to 14-year-olds and 90 percent of the 15- to 17-year-olds in Germany are regularly online with their smartphones. Adolescents spend an average of up to three hours a day on the Internet. Parents often worry about their children's online use. At the same time, many underestimate the frequency with which their children make certain experiences online. Parents' assessments differ significantly from their children's actual experiences, especially with regard to contact with sexual content on the Internet. 54 percent of the 12- to 17-year-olds who were interviewed said they had been exposed to sexual representations in the form of texts, photos or videos in the past twelve months - mostly via the Internet. 37 percent of them even specifically selected these. What parents perceive as a risk often does not seem to be a bad thing for adolescents, but rather attractive: 61 percent of boys like sexual content.

There are also differences of opinion regarding the unsolicited publication of children's photos by parents (sharenting). Nine percent of children aged 9 to 17 report that their parents have posted texts, pictures or videos of them on the Internet without their consent. Six percent were angry about the information published or asked their parents to delete it. The adults themselves do not always seem to be aware of the effects of their online activities, some of which are just as intensive.

The results show that it is not possible to speak of THE online use and experiences. Depending on the age-related phase of development and gender-specific preferences, sometimes also according to family background, children and adolescents develop very specific patterns of dealing with online media. Children are confronted with different risks depending on their usage behaviour and need a set of different media skills and coping strategies which they can use flexibly and which helps them to exploit the potential of the Internet and meet challenges on the Net with confidence.

Information about the Study

For this representative study, the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI) interviewed 1,044 children and adolescents aged 9 to 17 as well as parents about their online experiences. The institute is part of the international research network EU Kids Online. The study was supported by UNICEF, the Deutsche Telekom Stiftung, the Niedersächsische Landesmedienanstalt (NLM) and the Medienpädagogischer Forschungsverbund Südwest (mpfs).
The complete report "Online experiences of 9- to 17-year-olds. Results of the EU Kids Online Survey in Germany 2019" and a summary of the results can be found here.

Infos zur Veranstaltung


Gästehaus der Universität
Rothenbaumchaussee 34
20148 Hamburg

Contact person

Dr. Claudia Lampert
Senior Researcher Media Socialisation & Health Communication

Dr. Claudia Lampert

Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI)
Rothenbaumchaussee 36
20148 Hamburg

Tel. +49 (0)40 45 02 17 - 92
Fax +49 (0)40 45 02 17 - 77

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