While cybersecurity protects devices and networks from harm by third parties, Online Safety protects the people using them from harm by the devices and networks (and therefor third parties) through awareness, education, information and technology.
It is what we call the appropriate approach to personal safety when using digital technologies.
Online Safety is being aware of the nature of the possible threats that you could encounter whilst engaging in activity through the Internet, these could be security threats, protecting and managing your personal data, onliine reputation management, and avoiding harmful or illegal content.
It isn’t about scaremongering, it isn’t about criticism and chaos, it’s about focusing on the positive and enriching side of digital life whilst recognising its challenges and how to best approach them.
Online Safety, E-Safety, or Internet Safety?
Whether you call it E-Safety, Online Safety or Internet Safety, they all mean the same thing. Before 2015 the term used was generally E-Safety, but we now recommend the term Online Safety as this better represents the topic it refers to.
Managing Online Risk
The number of people being connected to the internet keeps growing daily (about 1,000,000 people per day in 2018!), as does the need to recognise the challenges facing children – and indeed all of us – in the online space.
By practicing Online Safety, we can prevent and mitigate the risks that are inherently involved with using digital technologies, platforms and services.
Once the risks are managed, the internet can be enjoyed free from harm and to enormous benefit.
A great video that simply explains some of the challenges of online safety, from the UK Safer Internet Centre.
Online Safety Knowledgebase
Why is Online Safety Important?
We have become significantly dependent on and accustomed to the digital services and devices we use for being online. Online safety plays a vital role in the proper use of these tools
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E Safety Facts - Staying Safe Online
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Latest Online Safety Articles
Over 13,500 Schools now benefit from 360 Degree Safe 2.0
Over 13,500 schools have been successfully transferred onto 360 Degree Safe 2.0 with new members registering each week. Read the full article to see how schools across the nation have benefited.
1st June 2020
SWGfL listed as one of the most innovative ‘Online Safety’ companies in UK
A new report has revealed that the UK is a world leader in online safety innovation. As part of this, SWGfL are proud to be listed as one the companies throughout the nation leading the way in online safety products.
27th May 2020
SWGfL Donate Whisper to all Schools Across the Nation
In light of the current situation, we are offering our support across the nation by donating Whisper to all new schools whilst closures are in effect. Schools can now continue to support their children whilst working from home, safely.
27th March 2020
Advice on Safe Remote Learning amidst Coronavirus
The Covid-19 outbreak may mean enforced school closure becomes more likely. SWGfL and the UK Safer Internet Centre have released guidance to help schools plan for teaching remotely.
13th March 2020