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Staying safe online

Many of us conduct our lives online these days, whether it's speaking to friends on social networking sites or posting our latest thoughts and musings on Twitter. While there's nothing wrong with this there can be risks - and particularly for children and young people.

Get Safe Online

Get Safe Online provides a source of unbiased, factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety.

Their website is a resource providing practical advice on how to protect yourself, your computers and mobiles device and your business against fraud, identity theft, viruses and many other problems encountered online.

It contains guidance on many other related subjects too – including performing backups and how to avoid theft or loss of your computer, smartphone or tablet.

Many topics are included on the site – including safe online shopping, gaming and dating.

Visit the Get Safe Online website.

Internet Watch Foundation

The Internet Watch Foundation provides a way for the public and IT professionals to report criminal content online.

Once reported, the IWF then works with Internet service providers and hosting companies to combat the abuse of their networks.

By reporting content, you can help to remove:

  • Child sexual abuse images hosted anywhere in the world
  • Criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK
  • Non-photographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK

The IWF then also works with local police forces to assist investigations in to the distributors of this material.

Visit the Internet Watch Foundation website to report criminal online content.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)

Make sure your privacy settings aren't giving away too much about yourself on social networks, and get the ClickCEOP button and browser toolbar to get internet safety advice at your fingertips, whenever you go online.

Find out more about privacy settings and ClickCEOP​​​​