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Germany: Government of Rheinland-Pfalz claims for improved digital literacy of youth

Published on: 31.01.07
Source: Press office of the Government of Rheinland-Pfalz

With a mix of measures to improve digital literacy, prevention and police investigations the government will protect youth against the risks of the Internet.

State secretary Martin Stadelmaier, declared for the government the great importance of the protection of children and teens. As a proof of the important role of youth protection he referred to the two organizations settled in Rheinland-Pfalz Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle der Filmwirtschaft (FSK) and the common institution of the federal states for youth protection in the media jugendschutz.net .

If one wants to protect minors from the risks in the media, he has to enable them for a responsible participation in the digital world particularly by improvement of their digital literacy. Legal restrictions alone will not be sufficient, said the state secretary for youth and education, Michael Ebling on the occassion of a press conference on January 30, 2007.

After the amok run at Emsdetten the Bavarian government newly aroused the debate on an embargo of the production and dissemination of violent games in Germany. In this regard the Minister of the Interior in Rheinland-Pfalz, Karl Peter Bruch, said the existing laws in Germany do provide sufficient instruments to regulate and control the area. From the point of view of the Rheinland-Pfalz' government there is currently no need for any law-making activity. Additionally Bruch pointed out that it is assumed by most of the scientists in this field that playing violent games alone does not cause real violent activities. Other factors like difficult familiy affairs, insufficient communication between parents and their children, marginal social involvement, isolation and a lack of prospects are in most cases the reasons for the committment of violent acts.

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