In brief

Research in Slovakia shows that 63% of Slovakian children go online every day and virtually all use the internet. Slovakian children´s range of activities online is slightly wider than the European average. At the same time, Slovakian children encounter sexual risks more often than the European average but they are resilient and have the skills to deal with them. However, parental support and guidance is  very limited.

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Pavel Izrael, PhD., is a lecturer at the Department of Journalism, Faculty of Arts and Letters, Catholic University in Ružomberok (Slovakia). He addresses the issues of parental mediation, the influence of media on families, and media education. He co-authored a media education textbook for primary schools. From 2011 to 2013 he served as a deputy of research coordinator in research focused on socializing and desocializing impact of media on family environment. He has started and runs a website focused on media education that targets parents and educators.

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Juraj HoldošPh.D. is a lecturer at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Letters, Catholic University in Ružomberok. His research interests focus on new media usage among young people, internet addiction and its possible treatment. He works also as  a psychologist at university Consulting centre. Since 2013 he has been a coordinator of research project Internet addiction  and type D personality (Social inhibition and negative affectivity in context of problematic Internet use in the population of university students.)

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Jarmila Tomková, PhD. is a psychologist who worked at the Research Institute of Child Psychology and Pathopsychology leading research teams on topics of opportunities and risks of internet for children. She coordinated the Slovak team EU Kids Online. She designed and implemented and preventive programs, e.g. Students against Bullying - Preventive Peer-to-Peer Program.  She is active as a lecturer and project manager in digiQ, o.z., which is aimed at prevention and education of safe internet use for children and their families, digital citizenship and responsibility for one’s own online behavior. 

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docNorbert VrabecPhD. is managing director of the Media Education Centre at the Faculty of Mass Media Communication, University of St .Cyril and Methodius, Slovakia. His research interests include youngsters and the media, the social impacts of digital technology and the methodology of media research. He coordinates several development projects in the field of media education.

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doc. Dana Petranová, PhD is dean of the Faculty of Mass Media Communication, University of St .Cyril and Methodius, Slovakia. She is active in research activities, mainly in the sphere of media education; she participates in several projects in the field of media education. Her main research interests are media literacy, media effects and audience analysis. 


Ján Hacek, PhD. has been working as an assistant professor at the Department of Journalism at the Faculty of Philosophy, Comenius University in Bratislava since 2011. He graduated at the Catholic University in Ružomberok. His research interests include parental mediation, children's internet use, the strategies of parental regulation of the internet in the Slovak households. He also leads couple of courses focused on media education and journalism at grammar and secondary schools.

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The Slovak EU Kids Online team memebrs form an interdisciplinary network focused on children´s online safety, media education and media literacy, internet addiction and other Internet related topics. The team includes  researchers from three universities: Catholic Univeristy in Ružomberok, University of SS. Cyril and Methodius, and Comenius University, as well as a former researcher from Research Institute for Child Psychology and Pathopsychology (VÚDPaP) in Bratislava. The team cooperates with an organization eSlovensko which stands behind Slovak Awareness Centre aimed at a wide scope of activities related with safer use of new online technologies. 


Pavel Izrael
Junior Lecturer
Department of Journalism
Faculty of Arts and Letters
Catholic University in Ružomberok

Tel: +421905268157
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Email: pavel.izrael