As part of the project "Security for Children in the Digital World", funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research, the HBI is researching the legal framework concerning online risks for children. It will develop ways of optimally interlinking actors and measures and investigate the coping strategies of young online users during and after stressful online experiences.
The project "Security for Children in the Digital World" (SIKID), funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research, focuses on current issues of civil security for children in online environments. It examines security threats caused by interaction risks such as cyberbullying, cyber grooming or hate speech and locates them developmentally and psychologically in the course of childhood. The question of safety and security risks for children in the digital space and possible approaches to regulation, law enforcement, prevention and media literacy are explored in an interdisciplinary manner from the perspectives of security and media ethics, children's rights, law and psychology. The project aims to improve media regulation and to create and foster a cross-sectional network of relevant stakeholders in the field in order to strengthen children and their rights online.
The overall project brings together an interdisciplinary and practice-oriented consortium from ethics, law, childhood and media research as well as psychology with media-related supervisory and self-regulation bodies. The challenges of criminal prosecution and the co-operation between actors will be discussed in expert workshops.
The sub-project at the HBI
- examines the existing legal framework for online risks of children's and young people's interactions from a jurisprudential as well as a control-theoretical perspective, identifies possible gaps in protection and develops governance approaches to close them.
- In addition to legal and self-regulatory measures to improve the security of children on the internet, options for action will be developed to link actors and measures from the legal protection of minors with those from the area of preventive and educational activities. The relevant stakeholders are systematically included in the project work in order to make the security architecture more efficient and more risk-appropriate.
- From the perspective of communication science and media education, the project will provide information about the coping strategies used by young people during and after stressful situations in order to be able to make statements about the degree of resilience and effective instruments of help and countermeasures.