Children and young people are growing up with digital media and using the endless range of services every day. Many of them always have their smartphones with them and can access the internet anywhere and at any time. In addition to all the advantages, the virtual world also has its dangers, of which both young people and children as well as their parents or guardians should be aware.
The Websters: Stories from the Internet
How can we avoid misadventures on the internet? The fictional Webster family encounter things on the internet that people like to read about in comics, but never want to experience themselves.
The comic stories published by the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) illustrate the basic precautions to be taken in the virtual world. The adventures of an ordinary family, which falls into many of the traps of the digital world, draw the attention of young and old to the challenges of everyday digital life and the use of information and communication technologies.
Cyberdangers for the younger generations
Making young people aware of the dangers and challenges of the internet is part of parents' and teachers' responsibilities. Knowing about these issues can not only help prevent incidents, but also means people are able to react correctly when something happens.
Below you will find a selection of risks that children and young people often encounter on the internet. Topic-specific information on the risks, legal situation, behavioural recommendations and advice centres can be found by following the links to the websites of our partner organisations.
True or made up? Real or fake? Judging the validity of text, image or video content has become a challenge. It is therefore all the more important to view things with a critical gaze.
Jugend und Medien Beitrag: Fake News und Manipulation (available only in German, French and Italian)
Protecting data and privacy
Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram – we upload our personal data to many different platforms in order to get in touch with other people. But who has access to our personal data?
Jugend und Medien Beitrag: Sicher surfen (available only in German, French and Italian)
Children and young people are repeatedly harassed, teased, threatened, belittled, insulted, exposed and marginalised. Cyberbullying is an open and yet subtle form of psychological violence, which often has its origins in the real world.
Pro Juventute Beitrag: Ernstfall Cybermobbing (available only in German, French and Italian)
SKP Beitrag: Cybermobbing (available only in german, french and italian)
Jugend und Medien Beitrag: Cybermobbing - Blossgestellt und fertiggemacht (available only in German, French and Italian)
Schweizerische Kriminalprävention Video: «Cybermobbing bekämpfen» (available only in german)