In brief

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.

Please click here for German language Website

EU Kids Online Austria EU Kids Online Austria


  • EU Kids Online, its results, methods and methodology, has become an
    integral part of teaching at the Division for Audiovisual and Online Communication (Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral programme).
  • EU Kids Online Austria closely cooperates with the regional Ministers of Youth
    and the Federal Ministry of Families and Youth (BMFJ).The team participates
    in national ministerial conferences in an advisory capacity.
  • EU Kids Online Austria contributes to several national initiatives, in order to
    foster chances and opportunities on the Internet:, Dialog
    Jugendforschung, Österreichischer Präventionskongress, Medienbildung jetzt!
    und die Österreichische Internetoffensive.

Reports and resources


Summary of findings

Safety Guide


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 PausHasebrink

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 socially
disadvantaged environmental settings, conducted as a longitudinal study from 2005 to 2017.

Philip Sinner

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-Hasebrink
Abteilung für Audiovisuelle und Online-Kommunikation
Fachbereich Kommunikationswissenschaft,
Universität Salzburg
Rudolfskai 42,
5020 Salzburg,
tel. +43 / 662 8044 4193