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Your child's digital legacy

Digital legacy is a new area that bereaved parents of children old enough to have an online presence are likely to have to deal with.

Your child will probably be active on social media and many other websites and this world may be new to you. It can be painful but can also offer an insight into their lives and allow contact with their friends around the world, many of whom you may not even know exist!

The issues you may need to consider are:

  • Accessing your child’s mobile phone, tablet or computer
  • Accessing your child's online accounts
  • How to overcome the problem of password protected accounts
  • Online etiquette
  • Ensuring chat-features are offline
  • Backing up to save online material
  • Contacting your child’s virtual friends
  • Virtual mourning and commemoration
  • Memorialising on Facebook
  • Saving Voicemail greetings
  • “New” photos, videos and recordings

TCF’s new leaflet Your Child’s Digital Legacy (available August 2016) has a wealth of information, advice and suggestions.

Other useful websites include:

Digital Legacy: Accessing the digital world of your loved one

Death in the Digital Era: A useful guide

Free interactive video to help understand digital legacies

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