The concept of “Web 2.0” describes those recent developments of the internet, which offer the individual user increased possibilities for identity management, relationship management, and information management. Young people and adolescents belong to the most frequent users of weblogs, video platforms or “Social Network Sites” like studiVZ. However, there has not been much research into usage patterns among these age-groups as well as their consequences, e.g. as regards the shifting of boundaries between the public and private spheres, the attitudes to the protection of information or dealing with contents which are politically or otherwise extreme.
The Hans-Bredow-Institut is cooperating with the University of Salzburg in a project supported by the LfM Nordrhein-Westfalen [Media Authority North Rhine-Westphalia]. Case studies on selected platforms, focus groups and individual interviews with young users, and a representative survey about Web 2.0 use, in contrast to other media types, will give a comprehensive picture of the current status of the Internet among young people.