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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.



  • 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 Research Team on the Internet and Society that investigates the online behaviour of young people with special attention to possible online risks in a long-term perspectives. Many publications are available for downloading on the team's website.
  • The team members of the Czech EU Kids Online team participate in the dissemination of the results on many levels. This process beings with publishing advanced data analyses in academic journals (e.g. Children & Society, Journal of Children and Media, Communications: The European Journal
    of Communication Research), cooperating with national news media (e.g. MF
    Dnes, Hospodáøské noviny, Èeská televize, Èeský rozhlas), and creating their
    own workshops related to the Safer Internet Day.

Czech team


David Smahel, PhD. is Associate Professor at the Institute of Children, Youth and Family Research, Masaryk University. He directs the “Interdisciplinary Research Team on Internet and Society” ( Current research focuses on adolescents’ and adults’ internet use, the online problematic experiences of children and adolescents, the construction of online identities and virtual relationships, and online addictive behaviour. He is editor of Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace and has co-authored a book, Digital Youth: The Role of Media in Development (Springer, 2011).


Anna Ševčíková, PhD. is a postdoctoral researcher in 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.

Hana Machaekova CZ

Hana Macháèková is a PhD student of Psychology in the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University. Her major interests are the role of new media in the lives of children, cyberbullying, the blogging phenomenon and online communities.

Lenka Dedkova CZ

Lenka Dědková is a PhD student of Social Psychology in the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, where she also works for the Institute for Research of Children, Youth and Family. Her research interests include cyberbullying and meeting online strangers, with a focus on children and adolescents, but she is also interested in online security behaviour and social networking sites.


Martina Cernikova, MA, is a junior researcher at the Institute for Research on Children, Youth and Family at Masaryk University and a PhD candidate in Social Psychology. Her main interest
is in qualitative data analyses. Her research topics are focused on the online risky behaviour of children and other problematic situations linked with the online world. She is also a trainee in systemic psychotherapy, training accredited by the Czech Ministry of Health.



David Šmahel
Associate professor
Faculty of Social Studies
Masaryk University
JoŠtova 10,
602 00 Brno
Czech Republic
Tel: CZ +420  549497451  Call