Czech Republic

In brief

Children in the Czech Republic use the internet frequently and consequently they experience increased online risks when compared to other European countries. However, Czech children have high digital skills and digital literacy that allow them to cope with the online risks they encounter and enjoy the opportunities online. Czech parents tend to restrict children's internet use less than in other European countries, yet Czech children still feel they are restricted too much and they tend to ignore parental recommendations.  

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Highlights

  • In the Czech Republic, there is an increasing awareness of internet risks based on the EU Kids Online project results in cooperation with efforts by the National Centre for Safer Internet, the local representative of the Better Internet for Kids co-founded by the European union.
  • The EU Kids Online team members are part of the interdisciplinary workgroup Interdisciplinary Research Team on Internet and Society (Masaryk University, Brno) that investigates the online behaviour of young people with special attention to possible online risks in a long-term perspectives. The team members of the Czech EU Kids Online team participate in the dissemination of the results on many levels. This process begins with publishing advanced data analyses in academic journals (e.g., Information, Communication & Society, Health Communication, Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, Communications: The European Journal Communication Research), cooperating with national news media (e.g., MF Dnes, Hospodářské noviny, Česká televize, Český rozhlas), and creating their
    own workshops related to the Safer Internet Day. Many outputs are available on the team's website.

Reports and resources

Publications

2015

Barbovschi, M. & Velicu, A. (2015, forthcoming). Forced identities of young people: impersonated, hacked, shared or tagged without permission. Breaches of self-presentation and identity management online in EU Kids Online III and Net Children Go Mobile projects. In Lorentz, P., Metykova, M., Smahel, D. & Wright, M. (Eds.). Living in the Digital Age: Self-Presentation, Networking, Playing, and Participation in Politics. Masaryk University Press. Brno, Czech Republic. 

Dedkova, L., Cerna, A., Janasova, K., & Daneback, K. (in press). Meeting online strangers offline: The nature of upsetting experiences for adolescent girls. Communications. European Journal of Communication Research.

Dědková, L. (in press). Navazování kontaktů online a setkávání se s neznámými lidmi z internetu [Seeking and meeting online strangers]. In A. Ševčíková (Ed.), Děti a dospívající online: Vybraná rizika používání internetu [Youth online: Selected risks of internet use]. Praha: Grada.

Macháčková, H. (in press). Online komunity: v čem představují rizika pro dospívající? [Online communities: What are their risks for adolescents?]. In A. Ševčíková (Ed.). Děti online: vybraná rizika požívání internetu [Children online: Selected risks of internet use]. Praha: Grada.

Macháčková, H. (in press). Soukromí a sebe-odkrývání na online sociálních sítích [Privacy and self-disclosure on online social network sites]. In A. Ševčíková (Ed.). Děti online: vybraná rizika požívání internetu [Children online: Selected risks of internet use]. Praha: Grada.

Ševčíková, A. (Ed.) (in press). Děti a dospívající online: vybraná rizika používání internet [Children and adolescents online: Selected risks associated with internet use]. Praha: Grada publishing. 

2014

Barbovschi, M. (2014). Dealing with misuse of personal information online – coping measures of children in the EU Kids Online III project. Special issue Communications. The European Journal of Communication Research.

Ševčíková, A., Šerek, J., Barbovschi, M., & Daneback, D. (2014). The Roles of Individual Characteristics and Liberalism in Intentional and Unintentional Exposure to Online Sexual Material Among European Youth: A Multilevel Approach. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 11(2),104-115. doi: 10.1007/s13178-013-0141-6

Smahel, D., Wright, M. F., & Cernikova, M. (2014). Classification of online problematic situations in the context of youths’ development. Communications: European Journal of Communication Research.

Smahel, D., & Wright, M. (2014). The meaning of online problematic situations for children: Results of qualitative cross-cultural investigation in nine European countries. London: EU Kids Online.

Team

David Smahel

David Smahel, Ph.D. is a Professor at the Faculty of Social Studies and the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University, Czech Republic. He is a member of the Interdisciplinary Research Team on Internet and Society (IRTIS: irtis.fss.muni.cz), which researches the social-psychological implications of the internet and technology. Current research focuses on adolescents’ and adults’ internet use, the online risks of children and adolescents, online addictions, digital technology and health, and ICT security. He is the editor of Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace and co-authored the book Digital Youth: The Role of Media in Development (Springer, 2011). 

Hana Macháčková

Hana Macháčková, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral researcher at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, where she works at the Faculty of Social Studies. She is member of Interdisciplinary Research Team on Internet and Society (IRTIS). Her research interests include online aggression and cyberbullying, online communities, health and digital technology, online participation, or self-disclosure and privacy on the internet.

Lenka Dedkova

Lenka Dedkova, Ph.D. is a postdoc researcher at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. She is a member of Interdisciplinary Research Team on Internet and Society (IRTIS) and associate editor of Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace. Her main research interests involve online aggression, interacting with unknown people from the Internet, parental mediation, and online security.

Anna Ševčíková

Anna Ševčíková, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. Her research interest includes sexuality on the internet, psychosexual development, and online risks among children and adolescents.

Martina Šmahelová

Martina Šmahelová, M.A. is a junior researcher at the Institute for Research on Children, Youth and Family, Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University and a member of the Interdisciplinary Research Team on Internet and Society (IRTIS). Her main interest lies in qualitative data analysis and she studies experiences of children and families in the context of new media, behaviour of children on the internet, and privacy and self-disclosure on the internet. She also works on research in area of health and technologies.

Marie Bedrošová

Marie Bedrošová, M.A. is a PhD student of Sociology and Media Studies in the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, and a member of the Interdisciplinary Research Team on Internet and Society (IRTIS). Her research interests include cyberhate and related online discrimination, with a focus on children and adolescents, she is also interested in qualitative media analysis and participatory culture.

Contact

David Šmahel
Professor
Faculty of Social Studies
Masaryk University
Joštova 10
602 00 Brno
Czech Republic
Tel: CZ +420 604 234 898
Email: smahel@fss.muni.cz
www: http://irtis.fss.muni.cz