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Source: CDU CSU


Take a bold approach to the media convergence challenge

Today, Wednesday, the federal cabinet decided to reform the Youth Protection Act. The digital policy spokesman for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, Tankred Schipanski, and the rapporteur responsible for the Digital Agenda working group, Maik Beermann, explain:

Tankred Schipanski: “It is right that the Federal Government is taking the initiative and is now presenting a reform of the Youth Protection Act that courageously tackles the challenges of digitization as a whole and, in particular, of convergence in the media. The law will now have to be carefully examined in the parliamentary procedure. The reform also includes measures for technical youth media protection. These must be designed in such a way that they are understandable, manageable and easy to configure. Then youth protection will not succeed despite, but through digitization! It is important that as a result all regulatory areas for the protection of children and young people in the digital world interlock well. The federal states are also called upon to play a constructive role in this, because the topic is too important to get caught up in questions of responsibility. “

Maik Beermann: “It is time to adapt the youth protection law, which dates back to a time without social media or the online purchase of computer games, to the media reality of the younger generation. Children and young people need special protection on the one hand, and more opportunities to participate on the other. What should guide us in the upcoming legal negotiations is that the changed media world not only presents us with new challenges, but also offers new opportunities to counter them. Children and young people must be enabled to use digital media and their communication options safely. Modern youth media protection must include this triad of protection, empowerment and participation. What the federal and state governments should now do is to develop a convergent, coherent and sustainable youth media protection in Germany, which can also be a role model for other states. “


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