Identity Online - #freetobe
There are two sides to every coin, and maybe even more if you look long enough. You are the same but a different you when you’re at dinner with your Grandma than if you are out with your friends on Friday night and online is just the same.
7th February 2020
We all have an online reputation. What’s yours?
If you use the internet, you've got an online reputation (or digital footprint). Knowing what's out there and how to control it is important for everyone. This is how you do it.
20th January 2020
Improve your privacy online – 5 in 5
Five tips, five minutes, high five. Get a grip on your privacy and security online with this quickfire privacy checkup.
16th December 2019
Christmas is a time for sharing - make sure it's with consent
With a string of high-production-value nativity performances upcoming, have you considered the implications of photographing your leading star's performance?
27th November 2019
Social media in the summer holidays – advice for parents and carers
Whether you and your children use TikTok, Snapchat, Instagram or something else entirely, social media can be used safely and happily over the summer with just a few precautions.
9th August 2019
Sharing images in the summer holidays – advice for parents and carers
Sun's out, cameras out! We've got some top tips to ensure you capture happy memories in a safe and respectful way this summer.
1st August 2019
UK Government Online Harms White Paper - Initial thoughts from SWGfL
The Government wants the UK to be the safest place in the world to be online; no mean aspiration given the long,and often tortuous, history of what we now regard as our “online lives”.
8th April 2019
UK Government Publishes Online Harms White Paper
SWGfL welcomes the UK Government's Online Harms White Paper and its commitment to making the UK the safest place to be online.
8th April 2019
Online Safety Alerts - Think Before You Scare
The Education Safeguarding Advisor (Online Protection) within the Education Safeguarding Service regularly receives queries from schools in relation to warning parents/carers and young people about the online safeguarding risks they have heard about via the media.
26th February 2019
How Reporting Violations on Social Media Works
There is a lot of confusion about reporting content on social media platforms. Here we hope to debunk some myths, help you understand the process and therefore make more effective reports on social media.
20th November 2018
Back to School: Social Media advice for teachers from the Professionals Online Safety Helpline
In this blog, Kat Tremlett – Professionals Online Safety Helpline Practitioner, looks at some of the key questions posed by teachers about how to manage the growing role of social media.
31st August 2018
Parenting in a Digital Age: The art of conversation in the age of Social Media
It’s the holidays; bed times get later, screen times get longer, and we sometimes worry more about what children are seeing and doing online. In this blog we look at why dialogue is so important when it comes to dealing with issues around how your child uses the internet.
15th August 2018
Social Media and the Age of Digital Consent
We've all been bombarded recently by emails seeking our ‘consent’. But what does it mean for young people and will it affect how they use social media?
5th June 2018
Schools, Fake Accounts and RIPAs - What you can do
Increasingly the Professionals Online Safety Helpline gets calls from teachers and schools reporting fake social media accounts. But what can you do? What power do you have to do something about it?
17th May 2018
A parent’s guide to YouTube Restricted Mode
Explore the safety feature ‘Restricted Mode’ on YouTube; looking at how it works and some things to be aware of when using it.
15th May 2018
Social Media, cyberbullying and society's real challenge
Last week saw Young Minds launch its report looking into the impact the online world is having on young people’s mental health, here Ben Bolton looks at whether the recommendations are likely to have the desired effect.
5th March 2018