08.02.2022 – 00:01
Current forsa survey shows: Large majority of young people support democracy, but sees it endangered by false information
Young people in Germany are clearly committed to democracy: In a recent forsa survey commissioned by klicksafe, 96% of those aged 14 to 24 said that living in a democracy is important to very important to them. Almost 70% of those surveyed see the factor of false information as a threat to democracy. As the nationwide coordinator of Safer Internet Day in Germany, the EU initiative klicksafe is calling for commitment to a vibrant, diverse democracy today. Numerous companies, schools, youth organisations, educational institutions and clubs are following the call with over 200 events throughout Germany. The motto of Safer Internet Day 2022 is “Fit for Democracy – Strong for Society”. The associated online campaign #FitForDemocracy receives prominent support from Prime Minister Malu Dreyer (Rhineland-Palatinate), Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (North Rhine-Westphalia) and Anne Spiegel, Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. Other campaign ambassadors include well-known influencers Jokah Tululu and Gardinia Borto.
According to forsa-Survey commissioned by the EU initiative klicksafe from January 28, 2022, it is important for 96 percent of young people between the ages of 14 and 24 to live in a democracy. Two-thirds of respondents believe that young people can change society if they take an active part in it. However, 30% of respondents say that although it is important to them to live in a democracy, they do not feel they can change anything.
More than two-thirds state that they have already campaigned or campaigned for a topic – both online and offline. Examples are that young people took part in a demonstration (47%) or took on voluntary work (44%). 60% have already signed an online petition and 52% have already liked or shared politically relevant posts on social networks.
88 percent of those surveyed have already been confronted with fake news
Sensitivity to misinformation is very high among young people and has increased slightly compared to the previous year’s survey (88% in 2022 stated that they had noticed misinformation, 86% in 2021). The assessment that false news leads to hatred, hate speech and general uncertainty remains at a high level among young people (89%). 78% of those surveyed are even of the opinion that false information not only leads to problematic ways of thinking, but very specifically – as with information about corona/vaccinations – can also be physically dangerous.
The reason for the survey is today’s Safer Internet Day, which takes place worldwide on February 08, 2022. In Germany, the day of action this year has the motto “Fit for democracy – Strong for society” chosen by klicksafe.
klicksafe campaign #FitForDemocracy for a strong society
To strengthen democratic competence, the EU initiative launched the online campaign #FitForDemocracy in the week prior to Safer Internet Day. In social networks and under klicksafe.de/sid there is a wide range of knowledge and hands-on activities:
- New klicksafe quiz #FitForDemocracy for young people
- Participation challenge “What are you fighting for?”
- Info videos with influencers
The aim of the online campaign is to get young people enthusiastic about democracy and to sensitize them to media skills. Because democracy is not a given state, but has to prove itself again and again in everyday life. In order to do this, we need to train regularly. With the new klicksafe quiz #FitForDemocracy, young people can playfully practice their knowledge of democracy. The hands-on challenge enables young people to participate easily, exactly where they spend their time: on the Internet. Under the motto “What are you fighting for?” you can create a virtual demo poster and share it online. Another part of the campaign are info videos with the campaign ambassadors and role models for young people Jokah Tululu and Gardinia Borto. While Jokah primarily speaks about the corrosive effects of hate and hate speech, Gardinia brings good reasons for a courageous commitment to freedom and diversity in democracy.
Prominent statements on the klicksafe campaign
Malu Dreyer, Prime Minister of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate: “I experience that democratic values such as justice, equality or the threat of climate change play a major role in the lives of young people. They are committed to this. The Internet plays a major role in this and is becoming a marketplace for opinions and ideas If things are fair and the digital space is also a democratic space, rules must apply. Freedom of expression is a valuable asset in our democracy, a line has been crossed where hatred and hate speech, violence and breaches of the law are rampant. So that young people can participate, we must be fit for democracy and thus strong for our society, regardless of their social background.”
Hendrik Wüst MdL, Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia: “Dealing with security and responsibility on the Internet is of fundamental importance for our democracy. The topic of this year’s Safer Internet Day clearly shows that Internet use is not just about pure security technology, but rather about the media behavior of each individual with his Effects on social interaction. To do this, you have to be able to move around the net in a fit manner, understand the rules of the game and, above all, comply with the rules of the game.”
Anne Spiegel, Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth: “False news, vile lies from conspiracy entrepreneurs and hatred and hate speech are often difficult for children and young people – and also for many adults – to unmask. This makes the international Safer Internet Day more important every year. It is crucial that so many schools , youth organisations, educational institutions and clubs and support young people to stay fit for democracy and to become strong for our society. With this commitment we are setting an example for a peaceful, democratic and diverse coexistence on the internet.”
Over 200 events in Germany: Join now!
With more than 200 events and projects, foundations, companies, schools, youth organizations, educational institutions, clubs and private individuals all over Germany take part in Safer Internet Day.
The EU initiative klicksafe calls for participants to take part in the various digital formats and workshops or to take part in today’s hands-on offers at short notice. All information and an overview of events can be found at klicksafe.de/sid.
New in the press kit: forsa survey, videos, interviews, statements, Instagram live
Am 07.02. a 6:45 p.m klicksafe organizes one Instagram Live Talk: The Prime Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate Malu Dreyer and influencer Jokah Tululu discuss why it is important to stand up for democracy.
Am 08.02. klicksafe publishes the latest results of the forsa-Opinion poll among 14 to 24 year olds on fake news and democracy.
In the electronic press kit, which can be found under klicksafe.de/sid/presse available, you will find:
- Teaching material: New klicksafe material #fitfordemocracy for schools and interested parties to download and order.
- Knowledge quiz “FitForDemocracy?” for teenagers
- Participation campaign: Digital demo poster template “What are you fighting for?”
- Info videos with Gardinia Borto and Jokah Tululu on #FitForDemocracy
- forsa-Survey: Detailed results (from 08.02.)
- Statements by Prime Minister Malu Dreyer on Safer Internet Day (audio, video)
- Video interviews with young people on the subject of democracy (from February 8th)
- klicksafe podcast on the topic “Can democracy be learned?”
About Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day (SID) is a global day of action for more online safety and for a better Internet for children and young people. It has always taken place on Tuesday in the second week of February since 2004 and each year has a new thematic focus within the framework of the international motto “Together for a better internet”. In Germany, Safer Internet Day is coordinated by the EU initiative klicksafe.
The aim of klicksafe is to promote people’s online skills and to support them with a wide range of offers for competent and critical use of the Internet. The EU initiative is politically and economically independent and is supported in Germany by the Media institutions in Rhineland-Palatinate (coordinator) and in North Rhine-Westphalia implemented. On the website www.klicksafe.de users will find a variety of up-to-date information, practical tips and teaching material on digital services and topics. The target groups are teachers, educators, parents, children, young people and multipliers. klicksafe is the national German awareness center and is funded by the CEF Telecom program of the European Union. klicksafe has been coordinating this since 2008 Safer Internet Centre DE, which the Internet hotlines from eco, FSM and jugendschutz.net as well as the help line number against grief belong.
Link zum Safer Internet Day
#FitForDemocracy (thematic reference)
#SID2022 and #SaferInternetDay (general, international)
click safe | Media Authority Rhineland-Palatinate
Dr. Joachim Kind
Tel.: 0621 52 02 116
click safe | State Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia
Tel.: 0211 77 007 190
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