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Protection of Minors on the Internet. Annual Report 2019.

What starts out as fun turns dangerous: Young people at increased risk of harm on the internet

(June 4, 2020) More and more, children and young people are encouraged to dangerous online dare games. Many of the challenges are considered as ‘hip’ and fun; however, they can also be very dangerous and cause serious injuries. Social media operators are still too reluctant to remove content violating youth protection laws. Their precautionary measures are also not sufficient, comprehensive protection concepts are missing.

In 2019, recorded 6,950 illegal cases (2018: 6,575). 4,164 cases relate to popular and most frequented social media services; 20 % on Instagram, 19 % on YouTube, 18 % on Facebook and 13 % on Twitter. Two social media services have become significantly more relevant: On the image-sharing platform Pinterest, the number of illegal cases recorded was nine times higher than in the previous year (increase from 46 to 413); on the video-sharing platform TikTok the number was five times more (increase from 38 to 192).

Content concerning self-harm behavior (plus 77 %, from 478 to 846 cases) and depictions of violence (plus 72 %, from 364 to 627 cases) attained the largest gains in comparison to the previous year.

Depictions of sexualized violence again accounted for most of the cases at 37 % (2,553 cases). Almost one in four cases (1,606) referred to the topic of political extremism.


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