According to the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, 69% of young people saw questionable information on news sites or social media in the first quarter of 2021. 39% restricted access to their geographical location, and 35% did not undertake any activity to protect personal data on the Internet.
February 8, 2022 will be Safer Internet Day. This year, special attention will be given to raising awareness among young people about online scams and incorrect content that they may encounter when using the Internet. According to SORS data, in the first quarter of 2021, 89% of the population aged 16-74 used the Internet in the past three months, and 98% of young people (16-24 years old). In both age groups, the share was equal to the EU-27 average.
Seven out of ten young people have encountered incorrect or questionable information or content on the Internet
In the first quarter of 2021, 66% of young people (68% of 16-74 years old) read Internet news, newspapers, or magazines. 91% use social media (such as Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook), and 64% are 16-74 years old. The shares of these online activities in Slovenia were higher than the average of the 27 European Union countries.
58% of 16-74 year olds encountered incorrect or questionable information or content on news sites or social media, and 69% among young adults alone. Both stocks were above the EU27 average.
54% of young people who saw incorrect information verified it in different ways. Most of them, 45%, checked data sources or found other information, for example on another news site or Wikipedia. 27% used data sources other than the Internet or discussed this information with others, but not on the Internet. 24% have followed or participated in a discussion about the validity of this information on the Internet. 46% have not fact-checked, mostly (31%) because they know in advance that the information or its source is unreliable.
Nearly two-thirds of young people are aware of what cookies are used for
In the first quarter, almost all young people used the Internet for various purposes. 77% searched the internet for information about products or services and 70% did their shopping online. Digital traces are left when using the Internet, and activities are monitored using cookies. 72% of them answered that they know that cookies allow settings to be tracked and stored, and to create cookies to provide users with customized content or ads. 30% of them prevented the installation of cookies or limited their number in the settings of their Internet browsers. However, more than half (58%) responded that they are very or somewhat concerned about the fact that their online activities are being monitored in order to provide them with personalized advertising. 40% of them did not have this concern.
More than a third of young people have not undertaken any activity to protect personal data on the Internet
The Internet allows you to search for information and use different services with different personal data. 39% of young people have restricted or denied access to their geographic location when using the Internet, and an equal percentage of them have refused to suggest that their personal data be used for advertising. More than a third (34%) have restricted access to their personal files, content on online social networks, or access to shared online storage. 27% of them checked whether the website on which they are to provide personal data is protected, eg whether the website has a security logo or certificate, 25% read the privacy statement before providing personal information and 8% asked for the website or operators Your browser (eg Google) updates or deletes information about it. For a safer use of the Internet, it is recommended to use software that limits the tracking of activities on the Internet. At least one program was used by 33% of youth.
Nine out of ten young people have used at least one open source service or software
Restrictions can also be imposed on monitoring Internet activities and protecting personal data through the use of open source software. An alternative to commercial internet browsers like Google Chrome, are open source browsers like . Mozilla Firefox, Chromium, and Brave. It was used by 76% of young people, and 74% also through open source Internet encyclopedias (such as Wikipedia), maps (such as Open Street Map) or messengers. Video calls (like Jitsi Meet). 43% of text, images, audio, and graphics were modified using open source software such as LibreOffice, Open Office, Inkscape, GIMP, Audacity and Blender. 18% of young people have used open source software to manage web content (such as WordPress) or to store and share documents in an online data storage space (such as Nextcloud).