The chat communication and the interactive forms are being reconstructed mainly by the collected chat log-files of the computer and will be analysed by means of conversation analysis.
Several methods of data collection have been tested within the study, since logging chat communications depends on the technical conditions of the specific chat.
Based on the findings of our pilot study we knew that chat channels of the IRC were used by adolescents from several Berlin districts.
[ and who were willing to participate in the study.
: 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 analytical focus is on the interactive rules of the chat process: The study aims at analysing basic forms of the communication process via an ethnomethodological approach (DEPPERMANN 1999).
The analysis focuses on the identification of interactional forms and practices of children's and adolescents' chat communication, intending to find media-specific structures.