: 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.
Our further efforts to find young IRCer and motivate them to take part in our research study (just as in other more or less experimental settings) failed.
 Based on our experiences during the main study, adolescent IRCer in Berlin seem to be a very small population.
IRC, webchat, youth chat, children, adolescents Table of Contents 1. Data Collection 2.1 "IRC log-files": co-operation with local Internetcafé 2.2 "Webchat" log-files: quasi-experimental setting at the CMR 2.3 " non-reactive setting through chat server access 3. About the Project The research project "Process analysis of the communication of children and adolescents in the Internet" started in July of 1999 with a six-month pilot study.
The whole project expects to last two years and is funded by the Berlin-Forschung (FU Berlin).
 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.
 A co-operation was established with the Berlin Internetcafé "Netti", where adolescents can chat in the IRC as well using other Internet services.
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.
Our findings of the pilot study had to be revised due to the fact that chatting in the IRC was a short trend among the young people in the summer and autumn of 1999.
The trend soon waned and was replaced by the still growing number of webchats (e.g.