Detailed knowledge of the background and functioning of digital media as well as of the business cases lying behind the collection of personal data f. e. are pre-conditional to the prevention of risky online behaviour. Statistical data in general show that there is a strong correlation between the educational level and digital literacy 1. Less educated groups are less often using the Internet and if they do so at all they do not know all applications very well and thus do not benefit like others. For the children and youths here in question the effect might double because not only they themselves lack digital literacy but also their parents usually do not count for reliable and skilled sources regards Internet. Therefore, the training content is meant to enable social workers to fulfil that role and help them understanding potential endangerments to children and youths.

Although the survey results show that several strategies to address children's and youths' risky online behaviour are already in use by social workers, a vast majority of the respondents (81 %) stated their interest in a vocational training on the subject "children and youths on the Internet".

The survey results underline the appropriateness of the modular structure for the training curriculum which need not be followed in a linear path. They should function as a range of freely combinable learning items in terms of a toolkit to be able to adapt the content and the methods of teaching to the previous knowledge and the needs of the trainees.

1 see f. e.:

events in the field

research in the field

How to cope and build online resilience?

by Leen d’Haenens, Sofie Vandoninck and Verónica Donoso, EU Kids Online

This report presents new findings on the coping strategies children use when bothered by something online, and whether or not they evaluate these as helpful. The focus of the survey is on resilience - the ability to deal with negative experiences online or offline.

The report identifies which children are most vulnerable in terms of harm experienced from online risks and which factors make some children more likely to use positive coping strategies that help them solve the problem and/or give them emotional support. Last, it considers resilience among children from a cross-country perspective.

The EU Kids Online survey that was conducted in 25 European countries provides detailed evidence on four types of online risks: sexual images, online bullying, sexting, meeting new contacts online. In total, over 25,000 European children were interviewed.

For further information please find the report enclosed (pdf-document (0.567 MB)).

contact information

Please contact us via phone or email. We are looking forward to your comments and questions.

Carolin Bretl, project manager
Tel.: ++49-30-437277-40

Stiftung Digitale Chancen - Digital Opportunities Foundation

Office Berlin
Chausseestr. 15
10115 Berlin
Fax: ++49-30-437277 39


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