Interdisciplinary Research Team on Internet and Society is based in Masaryk University, Brno, the Czech Republic. Our members carry out research related to the social, psychological, sociological and political implications of the use of information and communication technologies. We co-organize the annual international conference Cyberspace and publish Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace.
Our research interests
ICT and well-being
Impacts on psychological, social and physical well-being
Excessive internet use, Cyberbullying, Cyberhate, Harmful contents
Children & adolescents online
Parental mediation, Online socializing, Digital skills
ICT security, Adoption of new technologies
What are we working on now
How Do Health-oriented Websites Impact Women’s Drive for Thinness?
In the blogpost for the ySKILLS project, IRTIS members Nikol Kvardová, Hana Macháčková, and David Šmahel explain how online social support relates to the internalization of body-appearance norms and drive for thinness among young women. They also discuss the potential buffering role of digital skills.
European children’s experiences of cyberhate
Marie Bedrošová from IRTIS writes about the cyberhate phenomenon and comments the results of EU Kids Online IV results regarding this issue in a post for the London School of Economics' blog Parenting for a Digital Future.
EUKO 2020 Technical report is now available
EU Kids Online 2020: Technical report detailing the methodological aspects of EU Kids Online IV project is now available.
Children's access to quality health information during COVID-19
IRTIS members David Šmahel and Rostislav Zlámal contributed to a new UNICEF research brief focusing on children's access to health information online and their ability to verify truthfulness of such information in the context of COVID-19 pandemic.