In an online training course, Dr. Stephan Dreyer
talks about changes that the reform of the Youth Protection Act (JuSchG) of May 2021 has brought about in the area of youth media protection. The reform allows media education professionals to find ways of working with young people on controversial, age-inappropriate films, digital games and music, and to help them develop critical media literacy. The training will explain from a legal and pedagogical perspective how media education professionals who carry out such activities can establish legal certainty and which legal limits must be observed despite or with the expansion.
The event is a joint offer of the Aktion Jugendschutz Landesarbeitsstelle Baden-Württemberg [Protection of Minors State Office Baden-Wuerttemberg] and the Landesstelle Jugendschutz Niedersachsen [State Office for the Protection of Minors in Lower Saxony].
Registration deadline is 6 October 2023, the number of participants is limited. Participation is free of charge.
You can find here further Information about it (in German) as well as the registration form
About the Training
With the "extended educational privilege" in section 27 para. 4 p.2 JuSchG, the legislator opens new possibilities for educational professionals in media work with young people. The extension of the parental privilege to professionals means that educational professionals can make content that is harmful to minors accessible to young people and integrate it into their educational work. The prerequisite is that a declaration of consent from the parents is available and that they are not in gross breach of their duty to educate. The content must be selected accordingly, and the young people must be accompanied sensitively. This opens up new ways for professionals to work with young people on controversial, age-inappropriate films, digital games, or even music such as indexed Nazi rock or gangster rap songs, to talk about relevant topics, and to help them develop critical media literacy. What practical examples exist in terms of such offerings and what pedagogical possibilities do they open up? How can media education professionals establish legal certainty to carry out such offerings? What legal limits must be observed despite or with the expansion? These questions will be discussed and answered from a legal and pedagogical perspective.