The usage of online-offerings by children and teenagers has moved into the centre of discussion and attention, not least triggered by the progression of the social web. This prompted the organisation of a two-day symposium on all aspects of online-media and on the specific challenges with regard to adolescents.
The conference at the Französischer Dom in Berlin on 9 and 10 October 2008, dealt, among others, with the following questions: how significant is the usage of the Internet in the everyday life of children and adolescents? Which opportunities and limitations emerge from the new technologies? What are the options for adolescents to cope with this trend? Empirical results, concepts for a safe virtual environment and possible guidances were discussed. A special highlight was the conferring of the Erfurter-Netcodes-Siegel, an award for high-quality websites for children.
The conference was hosted by the Hans Bredow Institute in cooperation with the EKD, the Erfurter Netcodes and the DGPuK working group media education. It was supported by the Karl-Kübel-Stiftung, die Media Authority North Rhine-Westphalia (LfM) and the Media Authority Thuringia (TLM).