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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.



  • 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.

For further information, see national facts, findings and more on the right of this page.

Austrian team

Ingrid Paus Hasebrink

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 AT

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.| .

Fabian Prochazka AT

Fabian Prochazka is a research associate and PhD student in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Hohenheim. From 2010 to 2014 he worked as a teaching and research assistant at the University of Salzburg. In his
Master's thesis, he investigated the use of online file-sharing and streaming services among adolescents and their attitudes towards media piracy and copyright.|


Andrea Dürager is PhD student in the Department of Communications at the University of Salzburg. She completed her first degree in Communication (2004) and holds postgraduate degrees in Communication (2006), and in Education (2008). Her special interests are media studies, higher education research, and quantitative research.



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


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