Risktaking Online Behaviour - Young People, Harm and Resilience. Programme with presentations.

Wednesday 23 May Thursday 24 May
Time Event
13.30 - 13.45


Ambassador Gerhard Almer
German Federal Foreign Office
Head of Task Force
German Presidency of the
Council of the Baltic Sea States


13.45 - 13.55

ROBERT project introduction. Mr Lars Lööf, Head of Children's Unit, Council of the Baltic Sea States and ROBERT. [PDF]


13.55 - 14.40

Online child sexual abuse: Findings from research about online sexual crimes against children and young people in the U.S. and in Europe. Dr Janis Wolak, Crimes Against Children Research Center, University of New Hampshire, US, [PDF]  and Dr Ethel Quayle University of Edinburgh, Scotland and ROBERT. [PDF]

14.40 - 15.30

Online Sexual Abuse: Learning from the experiences of young people themselves. Professor Carl Göran Svedin, Linköping University, Sweden and ROBERT. [PDF]

Why Didn't They Tell Us? The groundbreaking book written by Professor Svedin and Christina Back about children exploited in child abuse images has recently been translated to English and is available in the resource section. Why Didn't They Tell Us?

15.30 - 15. 50


15.50 - 17.30

Parallel paper sessions

 (For presentations, please click on links for the sessions).

A. Vulnerability and Online Sexual Victimisation


 B. The Relationship between Risk and Harm


C. Prevention and Assistance Strategies and Tools for Young People Abused Online


Reception. Hosted by the Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Glinkastrasse 24. S-Bahn Friedrichstrasse, U-bahn Fransösische Strasse or U-bahn Mohrenstrasse. For walking directions click here. 

Welcome speech Mr Lutz Stroppe, Head of Department, Children and Youth.

Time Event
9.00 - 9.40

Online and Offline sexual exploitation and abuse: Children's memories and reports Professor Sven Åke Christiansson, Stockholm University, Sweden. [PDF]

9.40 - 10.10

Resilience and staying safe in face of risks. Focus groups with young people with risk behaviours online. Ms Silvia Allegro, Save the Children Italia and ROBERT. [PDF]

10.10 - 10.40

Online offenders. Dr Ethel QuayleDr Ethel Quayle, University of Edinburgh, Scotland and ROBERT. [PDF]

10.40 - 11.00


11.00 - 13.00

Parallel paper sessions

 (For presentations, please click on links for the sessions).

D. Young People's Agency and the Responsibility to Protect


E. Understanding the Interaction between Young People and Perpetrators and Supporting Young People's Resilience


F. Ethical and Legal Challenges

13.00 - 14.00


14.00 - 15.00

Young people's view on risk and harm online. European Panel of young people interviewed by Ms Julia von Weiler, Innnocence in Danger, Germany and ROBERT.

Ms Kairi Meresaar and Mr Hendrik Tammekiri, Estonia.
Ms Vivien Sethe, Germany.
Ms Chiara Ardigò and Mr Davide Campo, Italy

GLK group in Italy. [PDF]

Estonian young people's presentation.  [PDF]

Italian young people's videomessage.

15.15 - 15.35

Research on online risks: Trends and gaps. Dr Mare Ainsaar, University of Tartu, Estonia and ROBERT. [PDF]

15.40 - 16.30

Close of the conference.

Professor Uwe Hasebrink (Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research, EU Kids Online), Professor Julia Davidson (Kingston University, POG: European Online Grooming Project), Professor Carl-Göran Svedin (Linköping University, ROBERT) and Ms Evangelia Markidou (Safer Internet Programme, European Commission).

Moderated by Mr Lars Lööf (Council of the Baltic Sea States, ROBERT).