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
10 Internet Safety Tips - Staying Safe Online
Ten E Safety Tips for Staying Safe Online. For parents and families, and for children and young people, our ten top online safety tips
E Safety Facts - Staying Safe Online
How can parents keep children safe online? Start by understanding what e safety is about. Our ten top internet safety facts will help.
Latest Online Safety Articles
Online Safety Day – The Largest SWGfL Event . . . So Far!
Find out what happened at Online Safety Day. This article outlines what was discussed by each guest speaker and breaks down the full two hour event to highlight the key topics and resources.
2nd October 2020
What is Triller?
Hear all about the latest app that has been downloaded over 120 million times! This article looks at why so many people are using it and highlights some of its many features.
19th August 2020
Internet Matters release new Social Media Online Safety Hub
Internet Matters along with Facebook have worked together to release an internet hub to offer tailored advice on how to connect safely online across a range of social media platforms. This includes advice and support for young people, parents and carers on how to connect safely online, as well as providing a range of helpful guidance that is tailored for your needs.
7th July 2020
How to become an Online Tutor – Safeguarding Considerations
If you’re looking to start a career as an online tutor or offer your teaching skills to schools during this time, there are certain things to consider when it comes to delivering online lessons.
1st July 2020