Digital parenting

Get more involved with the technology young people enjoy  

An elderly man with white hair and a young man with headphones around his neck are sitting at a café table, smiling and laughing as they look at a smartphone. Both have coffee cups in front of them. The scene is brightly lit by large windows in the background, creating a warm and cheerful atmosphere.

Connectivity brings many benefits. Yet, we know that the decision as to when a child, especially a child of primary school age, is ready to access the digital world on their own devices can be a difficult one.

An elderly man with white hair and a young man with headphones around his neck are sitting at a café table, smiling and laughing as they look at a smartphone. Both have coffee cups in front of them. The scene is brightly lit by large windows in the background, creating a warm and cheerful atmosphere.

Vodafone Ireland believes that all children's' access to the internet should be accompanied by safeguards to ensure their protection. To support parents / guardians in using the access management settings on devices used by their children, we provide information and how-to guides on our website and through our partner, the ISPCC.  Our retail colleagues can also assist in Vodafone stores. Our SecureNet option, unique to Vodafone, provides an added layer of control by enabling parents / guardians to limit time online and to block selected websites and apps on our network.

Vodafone Ireland fully supports the decisions of parents / guardians as to if and when their child should have their own phone or device. This includes supporting voluntary agreements made by parents, often through schools, that restrict primary school children having access to social media or the internet, as well as policies preventing phone usage on school premises and during school hours, unless for educational purposes.

Vodafone Ireland ensures our marketing does not target sales to children. We know many parents / guardians want or need to stay connected with their children without introducing the capability of full internet access. Vodafone Ireland offers a number of basic phones that are limited to 2G data functionality.  These phones do not have web browsers and cannot access social media applications.  The phones in the range include the Nokia 3310 and 105, available in our stores and on our website.

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Vodafone is committed to helping young people to get the most out of the benefits of technology, and to becoming more confident and resilient when they are online. The Vodafone Foundation is investing €3 million in Tozi, an app designed by the Dublin City University Anti-Bullying Centre to support young people aged 11-14 in guarding their wellbeing online. Tozi is freely available to everyone, not only Vodafone customers.

Vodafone proactively blocks internet content that can be deemed to constitute child abuse materials and we collaborate with law enforcement to tackle criminal activities on the internet, including those targeted at children.

A mother and daughter sit on a yellow leather couch, sharing a warm hug and smiling. The mother, with blonde hair in a bun, wraps her arms around her daughter, who has brown hair tied back. They are in a cozy living room with blue and white decor and wooden flooring. The moment captures love and togetherne
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