Non-Technical Stream
Non-Technical Stream
A study into the motives and scenarios of publishing personal information and private content on the Web


This task entails conducting research in order to identify the scenarios whereby children and adolescents publish sensitive data online and what motivates them to do it. The results of the study will be used to better understand user scenarios when utilizing programs developed to ensure children’s safety on the Internet and to develop new functionality based on these scenarios.


The research should cover one of the suggested themes based on social surveys or analysis of a large selection of social network accounts:

— Privacy settings of children and adolescents’ social networking accounts. Statistics on closed accounts in different countries and age groups; the motives for opening/closing accounts; how the public nature of a social networking account is perceived.

— The type of sensitive information that is published on social networking sites. A rating of the most frequently published data that can be considered sensitive.

— What type of sensitive information is distributed on anonymous forums, blogs, chats, etc.? A rating of the most frequently distributed data. It will be interesting to find out which resources children are more willing to share their personal data on, and on which resources they prefer to remain incognito. Why do children reveal personal information on those sites where it is possible to remain anonymous?

— What type of information do children and teenagers consider sensitive and why? A rating of the most «sensitive» data according to children and adolescents.

— The phenomenon of sexting among teenagers. Statistics on how often children and teenagers post intimate photo and/or video of themselves and who the intended recipients are – friends, partners or online acquaintances. Statistics on how often such content is leaked or spreads beyond the intended recipients.


  1. Abstract (1-2 paragraphs)
  2. Volume: 30 pages maximum (not including images, appendices)
  3. The researchers should use their own findings (the results of surveys, analysis of social networking site content, etc.)

Supplementary materials

Provided upon request.

Evaluation criteria

All work will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Compliance with the aims and objectives of the research
  • The quality and the volume of the data obtained during the research
  • The possibility of the data being put to practical use
  • Originality of the research
  • The depth of the study and the quality of the findings