Protecting Children in the Virtual World


As schools, churches, and other child servicing organizations closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, they nimbly switched to online tools and apps in order to continue teaching and providing services. It may seem that in this new age of "social distancing," the threat of child sexual abuse is low. While this may be true for inappropriate physical touch, it has increased the risk for inappropriate online communication.

Philadelphia Insurance Companies understands parents and educators are doing their best to support children in this new environment. To help, PHLY and Abuse Prevention Systems (APS, also known as MinistrySafe) are providing a guide with best practices to help keep kids safe while engaging in the virtual world. APS has been a PHLY partner for over a decade, providing resources, guidance, and training for child sexual abuse prevention. We hope this new resource will assist these organizations as they continue their efforts to provide instruction and services safely.

Faith-based organizations, including churches, camps, schools, mission organizations, and other providers of children's ministry programming, can find the resource here - MinistrySafe: Virtual Instruction - Navigating Online Resources and Child Safety

Child-serving organizations, including youth sports, day care centers, schools, clubs, and other non-profits, can find the resource here - Abuse Prevention Systems: Virtual Instruction - Navigating Online Resources and Child Safety


To learn more about the risk of child sexual abuse, please visit our previous blog posts:

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse

Understanding Child Sexual Abuse Risk

New Abuse Prevention Law for Youth Sports

APS/MinistrySafe provides abuse prevention resources to PHLY insureds with abuse coverage at no cost. Please see below for more information:


Abuse Prevention Systems was created to serve a full spectrum of child-serving organizations, including youth sports, day care centers, schools, clubs, and other non-profits. Learn more: AbusePreventionSystems.com/PHLY


MinistrySafe was created to meet the unique needs of faith-based organizations, including churches, camps, schools, mission organizations, and other ministry programming. Learn more: MinistrySafe.com/PHLY


IMPORTANT NOTICE - The information and suggestions presented by Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Company is for your consideration in your loss prevention efforts. They are not intended to be complete or definitive in identifying all hazards associated with your business, preventing workplace accidents, or complying with any safety related, or other, laws or regulations. You are encouraged to alter them to fit the specific hazards of your business and to have your legal counsel review all of your plans and company policies.

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