The latest email scam: sextortion

The latest email scam: sextortion

There's always some inventive scam trying to con you out of money doing the rounds. And this latest trend is particularly colourful.

29 October 2018
Online Safety
Safety and Security – Similar, yet different

Safety and Security – Similar, yet different

Every school wants good safety and security. Achieving this, however, requires an understanding of how these two areas, often looked at as one, are quite different.

25 October 2018
Online Safety
What to do when you've been hacked

What to do when you've been hacked

It's that feeling in your stomach, that knot, that sick feeling. You've tried to log into your social media account or email, and it says "password incorrect".

25 October 2018
Online Safety
Parental Controls and Christmas gifts – what should I do?

Parental Controls and Christmas gifts – what should I do?

Some early bird shoppers are probably planning to take advantage of Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals – the busiest and biggest retail events of the year to snag some bargain gifts.

24 October 2018
Online Safety
Free Password Management & Security Guide Released

Free Password Management & Security Guide Released

With our increasing focus on security and data protection in schools, we are now releasing a new free resource to help users and system managers understand how passwords are compromised, and how to create and manage secure passwords.

10 October 2018
Education Services
3-2-1 Backup: 5 Tips to keep your data safe

3-2-1 Backup: 5 Tips to keep your data safe

With the increasing role of data in our lives, it has become increasingly important to plan for the possibility that it all might go wrong one day. And if you think about it, it’s not only an event that might happen, it probably will.

10 October 2018
Online Safety, South West Grid
Will Anti-Virus Alone Keep Us Safe?

Will Anti-Virus Alone Keep Us Safe?

You have seen the high-profile cases in the media and you know the damage malware can do. You may have even been a victim yourself. You already take steps to secure your devices and network. But are you doing enough?

10 October 2018
Online Safety
Ransomware - Everything you need to know

Ransomware - Everything you need to know

What is ransomware? What does it do? What’s the point of ransomware? How does ransomware infect your device or your data? How do you protect yourself against ransomware?

10 October 2018
Education Services
Sophos Takes Top Spot for Endpoint Protection

Sophos Takes Top Spot for Endpoint Protection

At SWGfL, we’ve been working with Sophos since April 2011 to bring market-leading security products to schools at reduced prices.

10 October 2018
Online Safety
Ransomware - don't fall victim

Ransomware - don't fall victim

At SWGfL we’ve noticed that a number of schools have fallen victim to ransomware attacks. But what is ransomware and how can we prevent it causing havoc in schools?

8 October 2018
Online Safety
Ground-breaking ransomware protection now available!

Ground-breaking ransomware protection now available!

Ransomware is one of the most prevalent types of malware affecting organisations today. It encrypts your files and holds them hostage until the ransom is paid. Find out how you can fend off attacks with our new anti-ransomware solution and download the Ransomware White Paper…

1 October 2018
Online Safety
Online Safety is bigger than just being safe online

Online Safety is bigger than just being safe online

As Online Safety continues to gather momentum, we have moved from securing connections and filtering to health and welbeing, data privacy, impact of social media and more. As educators need to help young people navigate this world.

11 September 2018
Online Safety
Managing screen time for your children and Apple’s latest iOS12 release

Managing screen time for your children and Apple’s latest iOS12 release

In this blog, Steve Shepherd, a police officer working alongside SWGfL and the UK Safer Internet Centre, and a parent himself, looks at how parents and carers can manage their child’s screen time on the latest iOS12 release.

5 September 2018
Online Safety
Free Online safety briefings for professionals across the UK

Free Online safety briefings for professionals across the UK

Our free online safety events are back after the summer holidays! These sessions aim to help the children’s workforce safeguard children and young people, and support their wellbeing in a digital world.

5 September 2018
Online Safety
Schools invited to enter competition to tackle Online Hate

Schools invited to enter competition to tackle Online Hate

In this article Chris Heal, our communications officer, provides information about the SELMA hackathon competition around online hate speech and encourages young people aged 15-18 to enter by 20 September.

4 September 2018
Online Safety
Back to School: Social Media advice for teachers from the Professionals Online Safety Helpline

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.

31 August 2018
Online Safety
Parenting in a Digital Age: The art of conversation in the age of Social Media

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.

15 August 2018
Online Safety
Safer Internet Day 2019 - Save the Date, Tuesday 5th February

Safer Internet Day 2019 - Save the Date, Tuesday 5th February

Safer Internet Day (SID)2019 which will take place on Tuesday 5th February 2019, with the global theme of ‘Together for a better internet’.

13 August 2018
Online Safety
Government announces new UK Council to improve Online Safety

Government announces new UK Council to improve Online Safety

The UK Government has announced it is expanding the scope of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) to help improve online safety for everyone.

30 July 2018
Online Safety
From Gaming to Safeguarding concerns: The Professionals Online Safety Helpline quarterly update

From Gaming to Safeguarding concerns: The Professionals Online Safety Helpline quarterly update

The Professionals Online Safety Helpline provides free support to members of the children's workforce in the UK with an online safety concern. In this blog Kat Tremlett, Helpline Practitioner, offers an insight into the type of cases the helpline has been dealing with over the last 3 months.

19 July 2018
Online Safety
An insight into the Childnet Film Competition

An insight into the Childnet Film Competition

Earlier this month Sally Batchelor, UKSIC Project Coordinator attended the ninth annual Childnet Film Competition, which aims to encourage young people to create a film based on online safety themes. In this article she tells us about the event and gives us an insight into the type of films on show.

16 July 2018
Online Safety
How Video Game Age Ratings Can Work For Your Family

How Video Game Age Ratings Can Work For Your Family

Negative headlines about gaming often fail to see how much platform holders and publishers already provide. In this blog Andy Robertson explains how parents can make the most of what's out there to help children develop healthy gaming habits.

9 July 2018
Online Safety
Why Purchasing Connectivity Services For Education Settings Is Not Always What It Seems

Why Purchasing Connectivity Services For Education Settings Is Not Always What It Seems

The market for internet connectivity in education settings has changed, with lower connectivity prices on offer to schools and MATs. On the surface they look great. But are they too good to be true?

6 July 2018
Schools Internet Service
Young People Urged to Help Tackle Online Hate

Young People Urged to Help Tackle Online Hate

As part of a new pan-European project SWGfL is looking for young people, aged 15-18, to submit their ideas and take part in a competition in Berlin in December aimed at tackling online hate. Find out how to get involved.

25 June 2018
Online Safety
Abusive Comments One of Main causes of Upset for Young People Online

Abusive Comments One of Main causes of Upset for Young People Online

Our second report in a series exploring the relationship between digital technology and young people's wellbeing.

21 June 2018
South West Grid
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