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
Is There a Safe Search Engine for Kids?
The information generation won't understand life without the Internet. As they take their first steps on the web we as parents ask: how do I keep them safe online? Is there such thing as a child safe search engine and if so, what should I expect from it?
Keeping Children Safe Online
Our kids will grow up only knowing life with the Internet, so how to keep them safe online?
Managing Online Risk
While education about online safety is essential, we also need to have adequate tools for reporting behaviours and content that breach safety standards
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
Latest Online Safety Articles
The Best Free Resources for Teachers
Lost in a sea of lacklustre PDFs and listicles, each one more mundane and unintelligible than the last? Crying out for resources that are genuinely useful, well-researched, and produced by experts? The title of this article might be a bit of a giveaway, but we’re here to help.
17th September 2019
Are you up-to-date with online safety resources?
Do you know about all of the resources out there to help you improve how you teach, manage, and practice online safety? No? In that case, you'd better read this - pronto.
13th September 2019
Announcing the SWGfL Online Safety Podcast
A podcast discussing the latest news, trends, and concepts in online safety. Featuring a range of hosts, expert guests, and tonnes of useful advice, the SWGfL podcast is your one-stop-shop for all things online safety.
9th September 2019
Online Safety for NQTs – The Ultimate Starter Pack
Fresh from teacher training, you're ready to take on your first year of teaching... But have you thought about how you'll teach online safety? Don't panic - we've got everything you'll need.
29th August 2019