Online safety for you and your family
Whether you lack confidence online or have responsibility for the online safety of a young person, protecting yourself and others digitally can be confusing and difficult. We provide basic e-safety guidance with every course we deliver and our policy is detailed below. We also recommend the following websites as a useful source of information.
IT Policy – this is the link to our constantly updated IT policy, which covers the behaviour we expect of staff and students and simple guidance to protect yourself online
CEOP – The child exploitation and online protection centre from the police. Working across geographical borders and harnessing the best from all sectors is crucial to the protection of children. The CEOP International Child Protection Network does just that. Find out more and see if your organisation could work with us.
IWF – Internet Watch Foundation, the UK Hotline for reporting criminal online content
- Child sexual abuse content hosted anywhere in the world
- Criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK
- Non-photographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK
Reports are confidential and can be made anonymously
EU Kids online – a multinational research network. It seeks to enhance knowledge of European children’s online opportunities, risks and safety. It uses multiple methods to map children’s and parents’ experience of the internet
Generally speaking your safety online is affected more by what you do than the computer you use. If you feel that you really lack confidence the best approach may be to search for courses we offer in IT from our front page. Our partners at the libraries and Adult Learning also frequently run short courses in good IT use.
Simply put be careful of who you disclose your personal information to and be suspicious of all emails you receive.
Your internet browsing is safer at home or via your mobile phone than using a public WiFi access point or shared computer (at a library for example).
Often, mobile phones and tablets running apple or Google software (android) are less prone to viruses and malware than desktop computers or laptops.
Anti-virus software needn’t cost you money. Use Microsoft Security Essentials on a Windows computer. On a mobile device simply ensure you are running the latest software
Citizens Advice – a good general page of advice for staying safe online