Social Media, Internet & Co

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Social Media, Internet & Co
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Social Media, Internet & Co

Social networks (social networks, online communities) have become an indispensable part of everyday digital life. Whether Snapchat, Instagram & Co. - communication via social networks and apps is booming. Young and old = " use the digital offerings to exchange information, organize appointments or share photos and videos with each other. But sometimes it can be really difficult to keep up with the latest trends.


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  • Advice, downloads & tools
  • Growing up with social networks
  • Internet and social relationships
  • Maintain contacts also offline
  • Safe on the move on Facebook, Instagram & Co.

Growing up with social networks

Parents in particular are often plagued by the question: What is my child actually doing in social networks? Because in addition to all the advantages, these naturally also harbor risks that should not be neglected. This also and especially applies to the so-called "digital natives": Although children and young people today grow up with digital technologies and playfully learn to use smartphones and tablets, they also need the necessary know-how to competently face possible dangers on the Internet to be able to. For more information, see, for example, New Media & Young People The article Sex & Internet provides information on the subject of "teenagers, sex and the Internet".

Internet and social relationships

Man is a community. You meet with friends, clubs or in the neighborhood. Couple relationships and families shape our culture. Staying connected to one another once you've established a relationship is usually an important concern. The internet makes it possible to stay in contact with each other even over long distances or to find former school friends. The possibility of delayed communication is also a great advantage. The focus is not always on social exchange; often self-portrayal is also a motive. The virtual space is used to show and also to realize oneself.

Maintain contacts also offline

Quickly send a WhatsApp message to an old friend, like a holiday photo on Instagram - it is tempting to maintain contacts so quickly and easily. However, they cannot replace face-to-face meetings. Doing something together should be cultivated with people who are close to your heart, despite online exchanges.

However, caution should be exercised when meeting strangers whom you have only met on the Internet. Here, good faith can be fatal. In any case, a phone call should be made before a meeting in order to better assess the future counterpart. A public, much-visited place offers a certain safety net. It is advisable to choose a place that you already know and choose yourself. Depending on the reason for the meeting, it can also be good to bring someone with you.

Safe on the move on Facebook, Instagram & Co

In order to avoid unpleasant surprises in social networks on the Internet, you should heed a few tips. The initiative, funded by the EU, has summarized these in compact form:

  • Keep your personal data (e.g. address, telephone number) secret and do not reveal too much about yourself. Photos, texts or videos once posted on the Internet can no longer be easily deleted.
  • Check your privacy settings on social networks regularly. The privacy guidelines compiled by can be of help.
  • Not everything on the internet is always what it seems. Don't be too gullible and double-check information (e.g. about a person's identity).
  • The dissemination of photo and video material that portrays other people in a disadvantageous manner is usually not permitted. This legal protection is also called “the right to one's own image”. Ask permission from those pictured before posting photos or videos online.
  • Look for yourself on the internet regularly. In this way you can find out what content can be found about you at the push of a button. In this way you can arrange for unwanted content to be removed. The search works best if you put your name under quotation marks: "First name, last name".
  • In addition, general measures such as secure passwords (at least eight letters, numbers and special characters) as well as regular software updates, virus protection and a firewall for computers, mobile phones and tablets are important and helpful.
  • The same applies to apps: it is better to be safe than sorry. Install apps only from the official app shops, check their access rights on the mobile phone (e.g. a flashlight app does not need access to the location), and carry out the software updates offered. To avoid cost traps, you can deactivate in-app purchases directly on your mobile phone.
  • Don't forget to log out if you are using a public computer!

Danger! In social networks there are always dubious offers or competitions that lead to cost traps, as well as fake emails that supposedly come from well-known companies.

You can follow the latest reports on online traps at

The communicative exchange via digital media also often leads to copyright infringements that you are not immediately aware of (e.g. if you use a copyrighted picture as your own profile picture). But ignorance does not protect against punishment!

You can find more information, contact points and tips on possibilities and pitfalls in social networks on the website.