DIVSI-study: young people see the Internet more sceptical

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Only about 30 percent of all children and young people are convinced, according to a representative study that their personal data safe on the web. In comparison to results from previous years are significantly less, said the Director of the social research and study Director of sine-Institut.

in Addition, many Respondents noted the study found that the Approaches in the network coarsened. So two-thirds of 14 – to 24-Year-olds, the Internet would have to count as a place in which those who speak out, in order to be berated and insulted. For about 38 percent of this perceived “insult culture” is a reason not to Express an opinion on the Internet. The study was presented by the German Institute for trust and security on the Internet (DIVSI) and the Ministry for family Affairs.

Significantly, the fear of the publication of embarrassing or intimate Posts, as well as the fear of that fake user profiles are created have increased. Many young people were also concerned, to be Internet addictive, or are. In particular, the 14 – to 17-Year-olds would see as a Problem. 64 percent of the respondents stated that they had contact, the feeling of being on the Internet wasting time.

Nevertheless, the majority of children and young people referred to the study of the Internet as essential. About 68 percent could not imagine a life without. Four years ago, the were still five percent more, says the study. 41 per cent and around four million of the respondents are afraid of a completely digital future.

from the survey, fear, 41 percent, about four million of the adolescents and young adults prior to a fully digital future. Thus, the number has doubled compared to the previous study from 2014 almost. Were interviewed almost 1.730 people.

Minister for the family, Franziska Giffey (SPD) described the results of the study as sobering. If young people do not trust the Internet, once more, to Express their views freely, it is a frightening Signal. Children and young people in need of support and guidance, so that they could use the network freely. Giffey therefore announced a Reform of the youth media protection law. This should’ve been part of, empowerment and protection at the same time. Providers should also provide adequate backup and alarm systems.