The Internet is a place of unlimited possibilities, it is a space for getting information, for entertainment, a space for communication, and it also serves as a tool for making acquaintance. For communication and making acquaintance, it is used not only by adults but also by children. However, the Internet communication is not always safe – Internet communication and acquaintances are associated with a number of risks that we have addressed in our latest research called Sexting and Risky Acquaintances Made by Czech Children in Cyberspace 2017. The research smoothly builds on researches Danger of Internet Communication I-V, which we have been implementing in the Czech Republic since 2010.

In our research, we focused on whether Czech children practise sexting (share and spread their own intimate materials) in the online environment, what motivates them, with whom and how they communicate, and whether they perceive sexting as risky. We were also interested in how the children get acquainted, which tools they use for making acquaintance in the online environment, whether they are willing to go to personal meetings with unknown people from cyberspace, whether they are able to verify the identity of virtual friends, etc.

The research was implemented by the Centre for the Prevention of Risky Virtual Communication at the Pedagogical Faculty of Palacky University in Olomouc in cooperation with the company O2 Czech Republic and involved 4878 children’s respondents from all over the Czech Republic as well as several hundred adults aged 18-25 who, however, were not included in the final report.

The results of our research are summarized in this research report.