Communication via phone and Internet has long been a matter of course. With the intensified media communication come problems such as cyber-bullying and cyber-mobbing. And of course there’s the question of dealing with adult content.
The exchange of information and the communication with new media can be experienced by many children and young people as an enrichment. Interactive media offer many positive and creative possibilities and a new form of community experience. But there are also many abusive applications. The risk increases when parents are not familiar with the media and the potential dangers and thus can hardly control media use.
Media communication by children and adolescents is often too little observed and rarely brought up in critical discussions, which encourages misuse. New media makes access and exchange of violent and pornographic content very simple. Schools need to address this problem and deal with it in a knowledgeable way in the classroom.

Although most children and young people have especially positive experiences with new media use, any one of them could also become the target of media attacks: Schoolchildren are often bullied or targeted by classmates using new media to harass them virtually (known as cyber-bullying from the perpetrator’s point of view and cyber-mobbing from the victim’s). Bullying is very distressing for the victims and quite humiliating. Therefore, it’s about raising awareness among children and young people, from an ethical and moral point of view and raising their awareness of wrongdoing, so that they become neither perpetrators nor victims of such attacks.
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