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Keeping People Safe

Online Safety

Going Online

The term going online can refer to –

  • Going on the internet and visiting websites
  • Emails
  • Using social media like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp

Since the turn of the 21st century, more and more of us are turning to online help us manage our live, Whether that is to pay the bills or buy the weekly shop or help keep in touch with families and friends, being online can make life so much easier in so many ways.

However, although going online is something that most of us are used to, we do need to make sure that we can stay safe from things like –

  • Cyber Bullying
  • Computer viruses malicious malware
  • Online scams or spam Emails
  • Fraud and Identity theft

Although we need to be aware of these things and take steps to ensure we protect ourselves this should not prevent us from going online to access the wide range of opportunities that online can offer.

Here are some of the places you can go to help you keep safe while you are online:

eSafety toolkit

Effective Acceptable Use Policies (AUPs) are an essential tool to promote safe and responsible behaviours online in organisational settings, the home and for those who provide services to children and young people.

The document below provides guidance and a template to assist all those who wish to develop Acceptable Use Policies.

Staying Safe online for children and young people

HSCP has produced a leaflet with advice and guidance 'Children and young people – staying safe online' which is being distributed locally to the public and LSC partners

Staying safe online  (Opens in a new window)


Young peoples’ rights on social media

The Children's Commissioner for England and TES have produced simplified terms and conditions for Instagram, WhatsApp, YouTube, Snapchat and Facebook to help parents and carers support their children to manage their rights and privacy online.

Young people's rights on social media


Facebook guidelines for professionals

As a professional who works with young people, you need to take extra care to ensure that you don't inadvertently make your personal information available to the young people or parents of young people that you work with.

The following guide will help you check that you have chosen appropriate settings on your Facebook account -

Guide for professionals using Facebook (Opens in a new window)

The following guide looks at some of the common Facebook issues that schools are reporting and how to deal with them -

Common Facebook issues for schools and how to solve them (Opens in a new window)

Suggested guidelines for teachers for using Facebook safely are available to download below -

Teacher tips for using Facebook(Opens in a new window)

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