In order to find out what has to be considered for future developments of youth media protection, children and young people, parents and pedagogues were asked for their individual perspectives.
What do children and parents know about youth media protection? What risks and challenges do they see when using online media? And how do they deal with it?
As commissioned by the Voluntary Self-Monitoring by Multimedia Providers (FSM), the Hans-Bredow-Institut and the JFF – Institut für Medienpädagogik in Forschung und Praxis [JFF - Institute for Media Research and Media Education] developed a reliable and valid standardised survey instrument that gathers significant aspects of youth media protection concerning knowledge, attitude and action regarding and bundles them into a so-called “index for youth media protection”. This can be analysed in further studies and interpreted regarding changes.
Presentation of the Findings on 7 November 2017 on the Occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the FSM in Berlin
Prof. Dr. Uwe Hasebrink stated during the presentation of the findings (in the video from minute 12:52)
on 7 November 2017 that there are still great uncertainties about how technical youth protection can be applied. Moreover, technology alone is not enough, as the experts emphasised. "The crucial thing is for parents to talk to their children, to make sure they understand what is happening," said Uwe Hasebrink. Conversations could achieve more than technical systems or rules.
Hasebrink advocated further development of the system for the protection of minors from harmful media: "With the Youth Media Protection Index, there is now a solid empirical basis. We must discuss the opportunities and risks of online communication again, adapt the system for the protection of minors from harmful media to the new findings and develop measures to promote it."