Switzerland

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In brief

Swiss children use the internet a little less than the average for all European children. But they are more likely to use it via mobile devices, confronting parents with new challenges when it comes to mediation. Only a small fraction of children would like their parents to take more interest in what they do online. Many parents would like to do more regarding their children’s internet use. According to parents, information on what to do online should be provided mainly by the child’s school. 

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Highlights

The Swiss findings were very well appreciated by scholars, the government and child welfare groups. They addressed the previous lack of empirical data on adolescents' internet use and risk taking in a systematic way.

Reports and Publications

Full report

Publications

Hermida, Martin (2017): Wie Heranwachsende zu Internetnutzern werden.Eine Analyse der Einflüsse von Persönlichkeitsmerkmalen, elterlicher Medienerziehung und Umweltfaktoren auf die Herausbildung von Chancen, Risiken und Kompetenzen (Link).

Hermida, Martin (2014): Familie, Peergroup und Schule als Vermittler von Medienkompetenz. Wo Heranwachsende die sichere Nutzung des Internets lernen. In: Media Perspektiven, H. 12, S. 608-614. Download

Hermida, Martin/Signer, Sara (2013): Wie Eltern ihre Kinder im Internet begleiten. Regulierung der Internetnutzung durch Eltern. Sonderauswertung der EU Kids Online: Schweiz-Studie. Erstellt im Auftrag des nationalen Programms Jugend und Medien. Download

Hermida, Martin/Signer, Sara (2013): Internetrisiken für Kinder: neuste Daten aus der Schweiz. In: Soziale Sicherheit CHSS, H.4, S. 200-203.Download

Hermida, Martin (2013): EU Kids Online: Schweiz. Schweizer Kinder und Jugendliche im Internet: Risikoerfahrungen und Umgang mit Risiken.Download

Hermida, Martin (2012): Switzerland. In: Haddon, Leslie/Livingstone, Sonia/EU Kids Online network: EU Kids Online: National perspectives, p. 65-66. Download

Team

Martin Hermida

Dr. Martin Hermida is a researcher and the head of the degree programme Pedagogy of Teaching Media and Computer Science at the Schwyz University of Teacher Education (PHSZ). His main research interests are media literacy, usage of digital media and its effects on adolescents, and teaching media and computer science to children and teenagers.

Sara Signer Widmer

Dr. Sara Signer Widmer is a researcher and lecturer at the Zurich University Education. Her research interests include children and media, new media, media literacy, media socialisation, media and migration and media pedagogy. She is also a teaching associate at the University of Education (PHZH) in the Department of Media Education. 

Impact

The Swiss report focuses on online risk experiences and how children and young people deal with these: 

  • Parents in Switzerland are largely unaware of the potential dangers which their children are exposed to online. Twenty-eight per cent of children who have seen sexual images were bothered by it. Most of the affected children (30%) respond passively, hoping that the problem will resolve itself.
  • Five per cent of Swiss children are affected by cyberbullying. This takes place especially on social networks. Most parents, especially parents of sons, do not know that their child is a target of cyberbullying. Children's preferred coping strategy is to block the perpetrator. 
  • Seven per cent of children met someone offline that they first met online. About one third of these children met someone that has no connection to their everyday life. Only a few parents know that their children met someone face to face whom they met before only online. 

Contact

Dr. Martin Hermida
Pädagogische Hochschule Schwyz
Zaystrasse 42
CH-6410 Goldau
email: martin.hermida@phsz.ch