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Austrian children may be classified as “unprotected networkers”. The mobile internet is of prime importance in Austria but children use the internet less intensively than in other countries. Nevertheless, older teenagers encounter contact risks significantly more often. Austrian parents underestimate the online risks faced by children and they tend to be unconcerned. In this situation, children report a larger number of risks than their parents imagine. Parents rarely make use of active mediation strategies. They tend to remain passive or manage their children’s online safety by taking a restrictive approach.
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Summary of findings
The EU Kids Online fieldwork involved several questionnaires. First, a face to face interview with one parent. Second, a face to face interview with the child. Then a self-completion interview for sensitive questions, with one version for 9-10 year olds and one version for 11-16 year olds.
Questionnaire for parent
Questionnaire for child
Self-completion questionnaire for child (Children age 9-10)
Self-completion questionnaire for child (Children aged 11-16)
Ingrid Paus-Hasebrink is Dean of the Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences at the University of Salzburg and Professor for Audiovisual and Online Communication in the Department of Communications. She is author/editor of numerous books and many academic articles on media socialisation, children and media and the internet, media technologies, media literacy and phenomena of popular culture. Currently she is head of a research project on media socialisation of children in sociallydisadvantaged environmental settings, conducted as a longitudinal study from 2005 to 2017.
Philip Sinner is a research associate in the Division for Audiovisual and Online Communication and a PhD student at the Department of Communications at the University of Salzburg. Since 2013 he has worked as a lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies (Qualitative Methods, Theories of Audiovisual and Online-Communication, Internationally Comparative Research). His doctoral thesis examines professional social media offers in the German Bundesliga, including its use by fans and supporters.
Ingrid Paus-HasebrinkAbteilung für Audiovisuelle und Online-KommunikationFachbereich Kommunikationswissenschaft,Universität SalzburgRudolfskai 42,5020 Salzburg,Austriaemail: firstname.lastname@example.org. +43 / 662 8044 4193
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