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TITLE OF DOCUMENT:

Chatten ohne Risiko

NAME OF PUBLISHER:

Landesanstalt für Kommunikation Baden-Württemberg (LFK) jugendschutz.net – Jugendschutz in Telemedien

LANGUAGE OF DOCUMENT:

German

LANGUAGE OF THE REVIEW:

English

KEYWORDS:

Tips for children, parents and teachers

DOCUMENT TYPOLOGY:

Website

TARGET GROUP OF PUBLICATION:

Parents, Teachers, Young People.

SIZE OF THE PUBLICATION:

Not relevant

DESCRIPTION OF CONTENTS:

“Chatten ohne Risiko?”(“Chatting without risk ") is a joint project of the Institute of Communications Baden-Württemberg (Landesanstalt für Kommunikation Baden-Württemberg (LFK)) and jugendschutz.net - Jugendschutz in Telemedien (Child Safety in Tele Media). The aim of this project is to provide general information about chatting for children and adults, to explain them the basic concepts, to make them aware of potential risks and dangers, and to give them a series of tips and tricks on how to deal with Internet-Chats. For years, Jugendschutz.net examines Chats and Instant Messengers to find out how dangerous they really are for children and young people. The problems identified here will be analyzed and documented and the findings and suggestions for improvement are then passed on to the chat operators. To educate and raise awareness of the issue the results are also published on the website, in leaflets and brochures. Employees also offer parents' evenings, seminars and project days to elucidate children and adolescents as well as parents and teachers on chat risks and safety instructions. The website itself is divided into an area for children and teenagers and an area for adults. For children and young people there are chat tips especially adapted to their particular age group and in the area for adults one can find some hints and tips especially aimed at teachers. The website explains, especially for children in an age appropriate language, first of all what a chat in general is, how it does work and in contrast what an Instant Messenger is and how it works. Then a so-called "chat dictionary" follows, in which all terms relevant to that topic are accurately explained. Afterwards, important abbreviations and smileys used in chats are explained in detail and finally, potential risks are mentioned and a list of chat safety tips to avoid these risks and dangers. The website also offers the possibility to order brochures and leaflets and also offers a number of links to various important organizations and other materials for children and young people and also some links which are likely to be especially interesting for adults.

REVIEWER’S COMMENTS ON THE DOCUMENT:

We selected the project “Chatten ohne Risiko?”(“Chatting without risk ")developed by the Institute of Communications Baden-Württemberg (Landesanstalt für Kommunikation Baden-Württemberg (LFK)) and jugendschutz.net - Jugendschutz in Telemedien (Child Safety in Tele Media) because it offers comprehensive information concerning the safe handling of Internet chat rooms for children and adolescents as well as for adults. In addition to general definitions there are basic chat-relevant concepts explained and the website also lists potential risks and dangers which could possibly be faced by using a chat room. To avoid these risks and dangers, a number of safety instructions and other tips are presented. The good thing about this project is that it is individually tailored to all age groups so that children and adolescents as well as adults and especially teachers can obtain useful information. The cited link collection is of great utility and offers interested parties the opportunity to gather more information on this topic.

NAME OF THE REVIEWING ORGANISATION:

Zepf

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