A small project for children and adolescents was initiated for the summer vacation, in which they could have chatted as usual in the Café, but, with their own and their parents' permission, their communication would have been logged.Although the project was widely promoted, unfortunately not many children and adolescents were interested in participating.Having in mind the rapid development of computer technology and the Internet, many people may find it hard to believe how many problems the qualitative research of chat communication faces today.
Due to the technical apparatus required, participants were invited to come to the Center for Media Research (CMR) in order to use the Internet and to chat from there.
: In the ongoing research project "Process analysis of the communication of children and adolescents in the Internet" several approaches to data collection have been tested.
This paper addresses the problems of data collection in qualitative chat research of minor chatters, which we experienced during the course of the project.
The anonymity in the Internet in relation to the age restriction of the research project to chatters between 10 and 17 years of age was one of the aspects which caused problems in collecting the data.
Another problem lay in the technical conditions of the chat systems themselves.