In the digital sphere, children and young people establish relationships towards real life, fictitious and artificial media figures. This entails risks. The project examines to what extent the German regulation on the protection of minors from harmful media contents is still suitable to protect a free personality development.
Today, children and adolescents who grow up in digital media environments are confronted with a vast variety of media figures. Observing and interacting with actors on the social web, digital assistants and connected toys can be used for entertainment and gathering of information, but is also relevant from the point of view concerning the formation of identity and personality development. The use of digital services enables the development of new forms of social relationships and bonds of trust. In addition to traditional face-to-face relationships, media-based reference partners are included by adolescents in their relationship networks and add to classical socialisation instances such as family and peers. Along this process, media figures offer orientation and counselling and take on a role as mediators of values and desirable characteristics.
The dissertation project asks about the perspective and scope of the existing law with regard to "mediatised and datafied personality development" - How do mediatised relationships appear as an object of legal consideration? And what terms does the legal protection of minors use to frame specific risk potentials?