Children's Socialisation in a Changing Media Environment: A Qualitative Study

Children and young people use media in order to position themselves within their social groups and contexts. Together with colleagues of the FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, we examine in a longitudinal study what role their media repertoire and their communicative practices play and how these change over time.


The conditions under which adolescents form relationships or position themselves in different social contexts are changing due to mediatisation. Medial development and an increasing use of media in family, peer groups, school etc. have an effect on the constellation of actors and communicative practices within these social contexts and contribute to their dissolution.

Against this backdrop, the project examines the consequences for the socialisation processes of children and adolescents in a changing media environment. Classical socialisation agents like family, peer groups and school will be considered as Communicative Figurations, which are shaped actively by adolescents and in which media is considered as communication channels, but which also play an important role as subject areas in a range of topics.

The project focuses on the role of the media for negotiation processes concerning the belonging and exclusion along with changes over time. The family is the starting point as the first and most important basis of socialisation.

Project Description

The project is a joint initiative of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) and the Hans-Bredow-Institut and ist funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG).