In this section, you can find links to useful websites that provide a wealth of information for protecting you and your family online.
Get Safe Online
Get Safe Online provides a source of unbiased, factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety.
Their website is a resource providing practical advice on how to protect yourself, your computers and mobiles device and your business against fraud, identity theft, viruses and many other problems encountered online.
It contains guidance on many other related subjects too – including performing backups and how to avoid theft or loss of your computer, smartphone or tablet. Many topics are included on the site – including safe online shopping, gaming and dating … so now you really can stay safe with everything you do online.
Visit the Get Safe Online website.
Internet Safety for Children
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) works across the UK tackling child sex abuse and providing advice for parents, young people and businesses.
CEOP works with key organisations including ChildLine and Beatbullying, to provide young people with the necessary information they need to stay safe whilst using the Internet and has produced this short guide with includes advice for parents on how to protect their children online:
- Visit CEOP’s online safety centre, www.thinkuknow.co.uk which has internet safety tips for parents and children. Also see http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
- Install a websafe browser on computers. In addition to browser safety settings you can use ClickCEOP addons to give your child quick access to help, advice and the ability to report visit www.ceop.police.uk/browser-safety
- Ask your child to show you the sites they use and help them to create strong passwords for any they log into. A combination of numbers, capital letters and symbols is ideal.
- Talk to your child’s mobile phone operator about filtering software to block inappropriate content and websites.
- If your child uses social networking sites to communicate with friends, ensure they set their profile setting to private and together add the ClickCEOP app to their profile on Facebook, www.facebook.com/clickceop
- Help your children to understand they should never give out personal details to online friends they do not know offline. These include an email address, mobile number, school name, sports club, arrangements for meeting up with friends and any pictures or videos of themselves, their family or friends.
- Make your children aware that they need to think carefully about the information, videos and pictures they put online or exchange with friends. Once published online or shared, they have lost control and anyone can change or share the images of them.
- If your child receives spam or junk email and texts, remind them never to believe their contents, reply to them or use them.
- It's not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they don't know. They won't know what they contain - it could be a virus, or worse - an inappropriate image or film.
- Help your child to understand that some people lie online and that therefore, it's better to keep online mates online. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.
- Always make sure your child feels comfortable in being able to come to you or someone they trust if they are worried about anything online. Teach young people how to block someone online and report them if they feel uncomfortable. Most sites will have guidance on this and any reports can be made directly to the CEOP Centre via www.ceop.police.uk
Internet Watch Foundation
The Internet Watch Foundation provides a way for the public and IT professionals to report criminal content online.
Once reported, the IWF then works with Internet service providers and hosting companies to combat the abuse of their networks.
By reporting content, you can help to remove:
- Child sexual abuse images hosted anywhere in the world
- Criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK
- Non-photographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK
The IWF then also works with local police forces to assist investigations in to the distributors of this material.
Visit the Internet Watch Foundation website to report criminal online content.
NSPCC Share Aware
On Friday, January 9, 2015, the NSPCC launched a public education campaign called Share Aware to help parents keep their children safe online. The campaign is aimed at parents and carers of children aged 8-12 - the age at which they become more active online, emerge as independent youngsters and use a greater range of devices.
The campaign aims to encourage parents and carers to understand online safety and to have conversations with their children about keeping safe. Having conversations from a young age can help build trust and openness and get preventative messages across.
However, many parents feel confused by the internet and out of their depth in understanding what their children are doing online, and what the risks might be. The Share Aware campaign aims to give parents the tools to feel confident to have these conversations. The campaign directs parents to a range of new resources, including Net Aware, a simple NSPCC guide to the social networks, sites and apps children use - as rated by parents and young people themselves.
Also available is a downloadable guide and a hard copy booklet for parents, containing top tips for keeping your child safe online, as well as conversation starters to help parents have conversations with their children. All these resources are available at www.nspcc.org.uk/shareaware.
The NSPCC, along with Derbyshire Constabulary, hope the campaign will help parents talk to their children about staying safe online, as well as encouraging providers to take action to make their sites safer for children.
As part of the launch of the Share Aware campaign, the NSPCC shall be releasing the findings from the consultations with parents and children that informed Net Aware. The guide has three main purposes:
- to provide an overview of sites, apps and games that children and young people use from a user-perspective;
- to give parents the confidence to facilitate balanced and informed conversations about what their children are doing online; and
- to encourage parents to look at social networking platforms themselves and form their own views about the appropriateness of popular sites for their children.
The Share Aware campaign will also include two animations that will be shown on prime time television and on digital spaces. These engaging films have a serious message deriving from the stories of two children who share too much about themselves on-line.
Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Meadows of the Public Protection Unit endorses the Share Aware campaign. He said: “As societies and technologies develop so do the ways in which criminals abuse children.
Derbyshire Constabulary are working hard to tackle internet-enabled child abuse and have dedicated officers specially trained for this purpose. The NSPCC online safety campaign helps us keep children safe. If parents and carers better understand what children are doing online we can work together to keep them safe."
Their aim is to make good cyber security habits second nature, not an afterthought, for individuals and small businesses.
Understanding and adopting simple online security is key to enabling individuals and small business to become more resilient against the cyber threat while also getting the most out of being online.
Find out more on their website: www.cyberaware.gov.uk
East Midlands Safety Project
The East Midlands E-Safety Project is funded by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) Flexibility and Innovation Fund, and aims to improve e-Safety for all learners with learning difficulties and disabilities.
The main purpose of the project is to:
- involve learners in the production of support and guidance materials that they feel comfortable using;
- produce training materials for staff;
- produce guidance for parents and carers.
Visit the E-Safety Project website for information on how to provide Internet safety for those with learning difficulties and disabilities.