Online Safety

It is a fact of modern society that we are all spending more time online. As children, adults, parents, carers, grandparents and educators, it’s really important that we do everything we can to support online safety and digital citizenship.

Internet safety is something that affects us all, but just being aware of the dangers can help us avoid the risks.

Today (Tuesday 9th February 2021) is Safer Internet Day and the theme this year is: An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world.  Basically, how do we separate fact from fiction?  It's a difficult subject and no matter how experienced we think we are we can all sometimes struggle to spot a phishing email, fake news, a scam or someone pretending to be something they are not.

So to help you get a bit more 'web savvy' I have brought together a list of useful resources that explain some internet safety practices, explore some of the issues and answer those tricky questions about how we can all stay safe online.

 

Internet Safety for Young Children

Internet Safety for Teenagers

Internet Safety for Parents & Carers

  • UK Safer Internet Centre - Top tips for parents and carers
  • Childnet International - Online safety advice and resources for parents and carers
  • Net-Aware.org.uk - Your guide to apps, games and social media sites - Let's keep kids safe online.
  • BBC - Safer Internet Day Live Lesson
  • ThinkUKnow.co.uk - Explore one of the six Thinkuknow websites for advice about staying safe when you're on a phone, tablet or computer.
  • Childline - Having a mobile phone and going online is great for lots of reasons. But it's important to be aware of the dangers too. Learn how to stay safe online.
  • NSPCC - It can be hard to know how to talk to your child about online safety. From setting up parental controls to advice on sexting, online games and video apps, we can help you to understand the risks and keep your child safe.

Internet Safety for Adults

  • Age UK - Advice and help to keep you safer online.
  • getsafeonline.org - Set up by the Government and the National Hi Tech Crime Unit and private business.  Aimed at both complete beginners and the more experience internet user.  Advice on anti-virus, backup, privacy, how to shop and bank safely, online auction safety etc.
  • fraudwatchinternational.com - Advice on internet safety, protecting your computer, latest scams and frauds.

Internet Safety Resources for Educators

  • UK Safer Internet Centre - Resources for educators
  • Childnet International - Online safety advice and resources for teachers and educators
  • barefootcomputing.org - Safety Snakes provides an excellent way for young pupils to learn about good and unwise online behaviours (KS1)
  • teachwire.net - Lesson plan for teaching digital literacy and the importance of questioning online sources (KS2)
  • barefootcomputing.org - pupils learn about the terms and conditions of a variety of social media organisations, and reflect on the personal information which people consent to ‘giving away’ when they sign up to such websites (KS2)
  • BBC - Safer Internet Day Live Lesson