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Software for the Protection of Young People in Parental Homes: Knowledge, Expectations and Use

Software for the Protection of Young People in Parental Homes: Knowledge, Expectations and Use

In 2011, a short-term study, commissioned by the BMFSFJ, consisted in reviewing the state of research in as far as it concerned knowledge, acceptance and use of software for the protection of young people in parental homes. To that end, the published results of studies were identified, reviewed and processed systematically. The results of the study were published in the series, "Arbeitspapiere des Hans-Bredow-Instituts” ("Working Papers of the Hans-Bredow-Institute”), no. 23 (pdf).

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Project Description

A concept and evaluation of the survey conducted by Forsa in November 2011 was integrated into this project in order to analyse how many parents of children aged 3 to 17 have heard of or used software for the protection of young people. By now, two programmes have been approved by the Commission for the Protection of Minors in the Media (KJM): the Jugendschutzprogramm of JusProg e.V. (youth protection programme for a safer internet use) and the programme of the Deutsche Telekom; furthermore, the Federal Government and the Länder as well as the economy started the initiative “Sicher online gehen – Kinderschutz im Internet” (“To Go Safer Online – Protection of Children on the Internet”), which aims, among other things, on informing parents on how they can contribute to reduce the risk of their children’s internet use by using youth protection programmes. A second project, which ran from November 2012 to February 2013, aimed at getting a current overview of /analysis of the current the knowledge and usage of youth protection programmes a year after the first survey in order to see what changes have occurred since then. Thereby, the Hans-Bredow-Institut conceptualized a survey that was linked to the examination in 2011, which allows a comparison of significant indicators of the first survey, on the one hand, but also indicates to what extent the parents accepted the two programmes approved by KJM and the information activities of the initiative “Sicher online gehen”, on the other hand. In this project, there will be a representative sample of people by telephone who have at least one child aged 3 to 17, like in 2011. Based on the findings of this study and further published data since 2011, the Hans-Bredow-Institut was able to answer the following questions:

  • How has the knowledge of software for the protection of young people changed since 2011? How has the use of these programmes has changed? To what extent do various population groups differ from each other?
  • What concrete programmes are known and how are these used? Why do parents use these programmes – and why not?
  • To what extent do parents get information on this topic? Did they make use of information activities on this topic during the last year? Do they know the initiative “Sicher online gehen”?
The project had a duration of three months and was commissioned by the BMFSFJ [Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth].

Project Information

Overview

Duration: 2011-2011

Research programme:
RP3 - Knowledge for the Media Society

Cooperation Partner

Daniel Hajok

Contact person

Dr. Stephan Dreyer
Senior Researcher Media Law & Media Governance

Dr. Stephan Dreyer

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

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