The Children's Panel (9-12 years of age)

Young Experts!?

Younger children are increasingly using diverse media services - not always, those which are suited to their age or with competence and knowledge. These are the results found in recent studies such as the KIM study of 2012 addressing the media usage of 6 to 12-year-olds.

For this reason, in 2013/14, klicksafe has started the Children's Panel project at the “Freie Schule LernZeitRäume” in Dossenheim (close to Heidelberg). Firstly, they promote providing young users with authentic online information while teaching good behavior skills online. Secondly, they provide safe internet knowledge and competence in order to use and assess media and media information correctly.

Mixed groups, of 9 to 12-year-olds, are taught competent internet skills and media usage, according to the model of the 14 to 17 year old Youth Panel. In addition the schools will introduce a project called "Media Literacy", which will be set by pedagogues of the school and also be supervised. The meetings are held in 21-day intervals and are an excellent complement to the school's media literacy. The topics range from a selection of good learning skills and appropriate game-content for children, up to awareness of data protection, privacy rights and potential hazards in the network. They are well equipped with the necessary functional knowledge as well as practical knowledge. For example, in the case of cyber bullying, one can follow step by step advice online.