Child and youth prevention

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.

The comic stories can be ordered free of charge in hard copy or downloaded in digital format.

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.

Fake news

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) Data on Social Media Public or private? You decide


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) Cyber Mobbing: Say no to online threats and insulting texts

Schweizerische Kriminalprävention Video: «Cybermobbing bekämpfen»  (available only in german)

Sexuality and sex education in the digital age

The web is an important source of sex education for young people. They also seek new acquaintances on social media and exchange erotic messages. However, their natural curiosity also carries risks.

Jugend und Medien Beitrag: Sexualität und Pornographie im Netz (available only in German, French or Italian)


Cybergrooming refers to the phenomenon of adults making contact with minors on the internet in order to build up trust, engage in sexual abuse, perform sexual acts or exploit the victim sexually.

Pro Juventute Beitrag: Was tun bei Cybergrooming (available only in German, French or Italian)

SKP Beitrag: Grooming (available only in German, French or Italian)

SKP Video: “Und Sie? hätten Sie ja gesagt?» (available only in German, French or Italian)

Last modification 03.05.2024

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