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Centre for the Prevention of risky virtual communications (Centre PRVoK) at Faculty of Education, Palacký University in Olomouc implements research focused on risky behaviour associated with the Internet and mobile phones.

Specifically, the research activities of the Centre monitored following dangerous phenomena:
• Cyberbullying (various forms of cyberbullying depending on the selected communication environments).
• Establishing of virtual contacts (communication with strangers and personal meetings with them; basis for cyber grooming).
• Sexting (in the form of public sharing of intimate materials on the Internet and in the form of providing intimate material on request of another person).
 Sharing of personal data on the Internet (with a focus on sharing photos of face).
• Risky using of social networks (especially Facebook, ASK.fm).
• Primary prevention of risky behaviour aimed on online environments.
• Other related phenomena.

Researches (list)

Name Year Target group
Sexting and Risky Acquaintances Made by Czech Children in Cyberspace 2017 children 7-17
n=4878
(report EN)
Risky behavior of Minecraft players 2016 players of Minecraft (children, adults) 
n=2331
(report EN)
Cyberbullying of teachers 2016 Teachers of primary and secondary schools 
n=5136
Czech Children and Facebook 2015 Children (9-17 years)
n=1248
Specifics of Children Communication and Online Aggressors within the Online Assaults on Children 2015 Children x Attackers
267 records
Danger of internet communication 5 (Czech Children) 2014 Children (11-17 years)
n=28232
Risky behaviour of Slovak children 2014 Children (11-17 years)
n=1488
Danger of internet communication 4 (Czech Children) 2013 Children (11-17 years)
n=21372
Risky Behaviour of Students of Faculty of Education of Palacký University Olomouc within the Internet Environment 2013 Students (20-25 years)
n=386
Research of formal and semantic analysis of computer passwords of young users 2013 People (18-67 years)
n=3743
Danger of internet communication 3 (Czech Children) 2012 Children (11-17 years)
n=10830
Danger of electronical communication 2 2011 Children (11-17 years)
n=12533
Danger of electronical communication 1 2010 Children (11-17 years)
n=1925

International research projects (participation)

Name Year Target group Institution
CrossNational Research Project on Personality Traits in the Relationship between Sexting and Dating
Violence among Adolescents and Young Adults
2016

2 groups:
14-19 years
20-30 years

Sapienza University of Rome

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Examples of findings

Applied/contract research

Centre for prevention of risky virtual communication, Faculty of Education, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic realizes applied research connected with internet security and cybercrime for:

O2 Czech Republic, Seznam.cz, Vodafone, Police Czech Republic, Ministry of Interior, CZ, Ministry of Education, CZ, Google Czech Republic.

The main topics of contract research for private sector:
- security of internet users,
- strategies of cyber attacks,
- risky behaviour on online services,
- recognizing of risky communication, illegal content sharing,
- detecting of offenders, IP tracking, 
- false profiles detection.

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Outputs (English)

KOPECKÝ, Kamil and René SZOTKOWSKI. The Minecraft Phenomenon in the Czech Environment (Research Report) [online]. 2017. Retrieved from: doi:10.13140/RG.2.2.36727.42401

KOPECKÝ, Kamil a René SZOTKOWSKI. Cyberbullying , cyber aggression and their impact on the victim - the teacher. Telematics and Informatics [online]. 2017, roč. 34, č. 2. ISSN 0736-5853. Retrieved from: doi:10.1016/j.tele.2016.08.014

KOPECKÝ, Kamil. Online Blackmail of Czech Children Focused on “Sextortion” (Analysis of Culprit and Victim Behaviors). Telematics and Informatics [online]. 2017, roč. 34, č. 1, s. 11–19. ISSN 0736-5853. Retrieved from: doi:10.1016/j.tele.2016.04.004

KOPECKÝ, Kamil. Cyberbullying in a Population of Slovak Teenagers (Quantitative Research). Human Affairs [online]. 2016, roč. 26, č. 2, s. 117–127. ISSN 1337-401X. Retrieved from: doi:10.1515/humaff-2016-0013

KOPECKÝ, Kamil. Czech Children and Facebook – A Quantitative Survey. Telematics and Informatics [online]. 2016, roč. 33, č. 4, s. 950–958. ISSN 0736-5853. Retrieved from: doi:10.1016/j.tele.2016.02.008

TOMCZYK, Łukasz a Kamil KOPECKÝ. Children and Youth Safety on the Internet: Experiences from Czech Republic and Poland. Telematics and Informatics [online]. 2015, roč. 33, č. 3. ISSN 07365853. Retrieved from: doi:10.1016/j.tele.2015.12.003

KOPECKÝ, Kamil. Misuse of web cameras to manipulate children within the so-called webcam trolling. Telematics and Informatics [online]. 2016, roč. 33, č. 1, s. 1–7. ISSN 0736-5853. Retrieved from: doi:10.1016/j.tele.2015.06.005

KOPECKÝ, Kamil. Sexting Among Slovak Pubescents and Adolescent Children. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences [online]. 2015, roč. 203, s. 244–250. ISSN 18770428. Retrieved from: doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2015.08.289

KOPECKÝ, Kamil, René SZOTKOWSKI a Veronika KREJČÍ. Risks of Internet Communication IV [online]. 1. vyd. Olomouc: Palacký University Olomouc, 2014. ISBN 978-80-244-4105-4. Retrieved from: http://www.e-bezpeci.cz/index.php/ke-stazeni/doc_download/60-risks-of-internet-communication-iv

KOPECKÝ, Kamil, René SZOTKOWSKI a Veronika KREJČÍ. The Risks of Internet Communication 3. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences [online]. 2012, roč. 69, s. 1348–1357 [vid. 2. duben 2015]. ISSN 1877-0428. Retrieved from: doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2012.12.072

KOPECKÝ, Kamil. Cyberbullying and Other Risks of Internet Communication Focused on University Students. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences [online]. 2014, roč. 112, s. 260–269 [vid. 18. březen 2015]. ISSN 1877-0428. Retrieved from: doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2014.01.1163

KOPECKÝ, Kamil, Lukáš HEJSEK, Jana KUSÁ, Hana MAREŠOVÁ a Vlasta ŘEŘICHOVÁ. Specifics of Children Communication and Online Aggressors within the Online Assaults on Children (Analysis of Selected Utterances). In: SGEM2015 Conference Proceedings [online]. 2015, s. 195–202. Retrieved from: doi:10.5593/SGEMSOCIAL2015/B11/S1.026

Outputs (Czech)

KOPECKÝ, Kamil, René SZOTKOWSKI a Veronika KREJČÍ. Rizikové formy chování českých a slovenských dětí v prostředí internetu [online]. 1. vyd. Olomouc: Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci, 2015. ISBN 978-80-244-4861-9. Retrieved from: doi:10.5507/pdf.15.24448619

KOPECKÝ, Kamil. Rizikové chování studentů Pedagogické fakulty Univerzity Palackého v Olomouci v prostředí internetu. Olomouc: Vydavatelství Univerzity Palackého, 2013. ISBN 978-80-244-3858-0.

KOPECKÝ, Kamil. Specifické rysy kyberšikany u českých dětí v kontextu systému všeobecné primární prevence (pohledem kvantitativně-kvalitativního výzkumu). e-Pedagogium. 2015, č. 3, s. 71–82. ISSN 1213-7758.

KOPECKÝ, Kamil. Stručný úvod do problematiky online vydírání českých dětí se zaměřením na tzv. sextortion. Pediatrie pro praxi. 2014, roč. 15, č. 6, s. 352–354. ISSN 1803-5264.

KOPECKÝ, Kamil. Strategie manipulace dětí v online prostředích se zaměřením na tzv . kybergrooming. Pediatrie pro praxi. 2015, roč. 16, č. 5, s. 331–334. ISSN 1803-5264.

KOPECKÝ, Kamil, René SZOTKOWSKI a Veronika KREJČÍ. Nebezpečí internetové komunikace IV. Olomouc: Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci, 2014. ISBN 978-80-244-3911-2.

KOPECKÝ, Kamil, René SZOTKOWSKI a Veronika KREJČÍ. Nebezpečí internetové komunikace 3. Olomouc: Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci, 2012. ISBN 978-80-244-3087-4.

KOPECKÝ, Kamil a René SZOTKOWSKI. Kyberšikana a další formy rizikového chování českých dětí v prostředí internetu. Adiktologie. 2015, roč. 15, č. 3, s. 166–173.

KOPECKÝ, Kamil a René SZOTKOWSKI. Kyberšikana, sexting a rizikové seznamování českých dětí v prostředí internetu. Komenský. 2014, roč. 139, č. 2, s. 10–16. ISSN 0323-0449.

KOPECKÝ, Kamil, Veronika KREJČÍ a René SZOTKOWSKI. Sdílení osobních údajů na internetu českými dětmi ve věku od 11 do 17 let – výsledky výzkumu. Paidagogos [online]. 2013, roč. 2013, č. 1, s. 97–109 [vid. 11. duben 2015]. ISSN 1213-3809. Retrieved from: http://www.paidagogos.net/issues/2013/1/article.php#art7

Research team

Kamil Kopecký, PhD (Researchgate profile)
René Szotkowski, PhD (Researchgate profile)
Veronika Krejčí, Mgr (Researchgate profile)