Youth Media Protection and Media Education in Digital Media Environments
How can youth media protection and media education keep up with the current development of the media? The Hans-Bredow-Institut has focused on this question in several subprojects, funded by the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. By doing so, it identified important challenges and provided recommendations on how to address these challenges.
In light of the current media developments, challenges for both the youth media protection and media education remain on the political agenda. The relevant field of politics is determined by a complex regulatory regime with many stakeholders, by considerable knowledge gaps and, at the same time, by a high degree of emotional involvement on the part of citizens. From 2013 to 2015, the Hans-Bredow-Institut conducted two empirical studies, published a research Monitoring and organized an international expert conference.
The overall goal of the project lied in gaining comprehensive empirical findings on relevant questions relating to youth media protection and media education, discussing them with regard to the political challenges and involving the appropriate political bodies.
The project included the following component projects:
Monitoring “Growing up with digital media” of the current developments in the fields of media education and youth protection; the results have been published in semi-annual reports.
Conceptualization and organisation of the international expert conference “Net Children 2020. Growing up with Media” in Berlin, April 16/17 in 2015). One of the results is the "Roadmap Net Children 2020 – Growing up with Media. A Roadmap of Challenges and Solutions for Media Education and Child Protection in Europe" (pdf for download)
A qualitative study on the acceptance, use and further development of technical instruments for protecting young people: here, the Institute has made connections to earlier, standardised surveys on the use of these instruments and investigates the question as to how such instruments can be integrated into families’ everyday life. Link to the project: https://www.hans-bredow-institut.de/en/node/6049
A qualitative study on the mobile Internet use in the everyday life of children and adolescents building on the study Net Children go mobile (www.netchildrengomobile.eu).
Duration of the project: 11/2013 to 6/2015
Research programme: RP3 - Knowledge for the Media Society