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Bindung und Migration
21st International Attachment Conference
Disordered Attachments in Digital Ages
September 16th - September 18th, 2022
Bindung und Migration
Julia von Weiler

von Weiler, Julia (Berlin/Germany)

The digital umbilical cord to the world and its significance for attachment and relationships in groups.

Never has society been as permeated by technology as it is today. Thanks to smart phones, social networks, and Messenger, we are all networked as never before, such as in WhatsApp groups, Empire: Four Kingdoms alliances, and Facebook group chats. The possibilities for connecting digitally give us power and support.

At the same time they conceal enormous risks. It has never been easier for perpetrators to infiltrate groups, manipulate relationships, and abuse others. What are the implications of this for our work with children and adolescents?


Julia von Weiler studied Psychology at New York University and the Free University, Berlin. During her studies in New York she interned at the ‘Children’s Safety Project’ in New York City, where she provided support for abused children. From 1992 to 1994 she worked as a pedagogue in the ‘Mädchenvilla’, the first residential project of its kind in Germany for abused girls aged 4 to 14. She was a board member of its supporting association from 1993 to 2000.

From 1999 to 2002, Julia von Weiler provided counselling for sexually abused girls and boys as well as their guardians in a counselling drop-in centre in Cologne. Until 2007 she then headed the psychology department at the ‘Kind in Düsseldorf’ gGmbH, a diagnostic and therapeutic institution for providing in-patient treatment for abused children aged 3 to 12.

Since 2003 she has been director of ‘Innocence in Danger e.V.’, the German section of an international network which is particularly committed to fight child sexual abuse by means of digital media, i.e. preventing the spread of child abusive images through the Internet (

She has been part of different international research groups and authored various papers, as well as the parents' guide "Online. Protect children from sexual violence" (2014, Herder Verlag).