Online safety guide

The Internet is an amazing place and whatever generation we fall into, it has become integral to our work and leisure

Ensuring people stay in control of their data as well as stay safe online is a challenge.

The online safety resource has advice for parents, carers, young people and professionals within schools. It includes resources about relevant online issues listed below and includes:

  • the functionality of tools and associated risks
  • advice on how to set privacy settings
  • controlling and monitoring activity online

 

Chat rooms

A chat room is a web site that provides a venue for people to communicate in real time. They often don’t have privacy settings and control and are therefore open to users sending abusive and vitriolic messages.

The online safety resource includes links to advice and guidance to identify how to raise awareness around chat room safety.

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is a form of bullying where people will use different technologies to send and share unpleasant messages and images.

The online safety resource includes links to advice and guidance to raise awareness around cyberbullying. It is for parents, carers, pupils and professionals to prevent and safeguard against being bullied online.

Gaming

Online gaming can be a great way for people to have fun, interact and compete with people from around the world. There are many devices that allow users to access the internet when playing games.

A large part of gaming is the capacity for gamers to communicate with each other online. This can provide opportunities but also generate risks of online grooming and abuse.

The online safety resource includes links to advice and guidance on how people can maintain control and stay safe when gaming online.

Mobile phones
Increasingly people are using mobile devices to communicate and share information online. With increased functionality of these devices there needs to be a greater understanding of how to safeguard any information stored on these devices.

The online safety resource includes links to advice and guidance to help with mobile phone safety.

Email
Email is a form of communication used widely to share information and documents. The following provides guidance around how people can use email safely.

The online safety resource includes links to advice and guidance to help with email safety.

Privacy settings

It is important to understand how to set privacy settings to:

  • maintain control of any personal information shared online 
  • ensure that people make choices about who they share information with

The online safety resource includes links to advice and guidance about privacy setting and keeping personal information safe.

Sexting
Sexting is a form of cyberbullying where inappropriate images are shared online. These links provide guidance on how to identify when sexting is happening and how to safeguard individuals against sexting.

The online safety resource includes links to advice and guidance to raise awareness about sexting.

Social media

Social media includes a range of websites and mobile applications that allow users to create a personal profile and connect, interact, and share with other users. People can connect with friends and family, share photos and videos, play games, and chat with other users online. Many people have multiple social media accounts. This often forms an integral part of developing their social identity.

The online safety resource provides information about different social media platforms and how people can protect their personal information and identities.

Online safety resources
Search the online safety resource for a range of help and guidance to keep children and young people safe online.