Internet safety

The internet is a fantastic tool that provides everyone with the opportunity to interact with others in a way not previously envisaged. Internet safety is about doing on-line what you would do off-line and protecting yourself against those that seek to cause you harm.

These days you can use the internet for most of your daily tasks. Catching up with relatives on the other side of the world, paying your council tax, buying the latest fashions and watching your favourite film – all of these can be carried out with the touch of a button.  The digital world presents us with a wealth of opportunities, however criminals have also taken this on board and therefore it is now more important than ever that you protect yourself and your family online.

There are many organisations providing advice and information on internet safety for parents, children and all internet users and some of the links to that information are provided below. All the information will provide you with useful advice on how to stay safe in the online world.

Useful resources

Get Safe Online

Get Safe Online is the UK’s leading source of unbiased, factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety. This website is a unique 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. Every conceivable topic is included on the site – including safe online shopping, gaming and dating, so now you really can stay safe with everything you do online.

Cyber Aware

Cyber Aware (formerly Cyber Streetwise) aims to drive behaviour change amongst small businesses and individuals, so that they adopt simple secure online behaviours to help protect themselves from cyber criminals: use strong passwords made up of three random words and always download the latest software updates as soon as they appear.

UK Safer Internet Centre

The UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading organisations: SWGfL, Childnet International and Internet Watch Foundation with one mission -to promote the safe and responsible use of technology for young people.


Welcome to Childnet International, a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.

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