This page  features  E-Safety information and updates for customers following our blog, or using any other County Training Social Media pages.

Top tips to keep yourself safer online from UK Safer Internet Centre


” Block and report: Blocking, or not responding to abusive messages, takes the fuel out of the fire. Report abuse aimed at you or others to the site concerned, this benefits the online community as a whole.

Tell someone you trust: If you, or someone you know is being bullied, don’t suffer in silence. Tell someone! More people now than ever before are geared up to help you.

Lock it down: Use strong passwords with a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols. The most commonly used password in 2013 was 123456, talk about lack of originality!

Stay Safe: We all know that one of the reasons we use social media sites is to meet new people but a little bit of logic goes a long way. Don’t share any personal details and use the privacy settings on social networking sites to keep your content private.

Keep yourself to yourself: Remember images can be shared easily online and the last thing you’d want is for any personal images to go viral.

Protect your online reputation: Who can see the information you’re sharing online? 43% of future employers don’t hire people after viewing their Facebook profiles so think before you post. Why not check out what the public can see about you by doing a google search on yourself.

Talk to human beings: Research shows that exchanging heavily online is making us more anti-social in the physical world so step back from your phone every once in a while and have a conversation with an actual person!

If you’d like further advice please give us a call on 0844 381 4772 or email us, helpline@saferinternet.org.uk

Digital Parenting magazine (from Vodafone) – “Staying safe and still having fun in the new brave connected world”.  This issues includes: “Why should you think twice before sending a risky selfie”, “Advice on online bullying, stranger danger, in-app purchases” and more …

So, you got naked online …” This is a resource for children, young people and parents that offers advice and explores strategies to support the issues resulting from sexting incidents. The resource is provided by South West Grid for learning.


so I guess if you have picked this up and started to read, it’s likely that you have done something online that you are now regretting. Or perhaps you are trying to help someone who has done something? And if that something involved nakedness or something sexual, then that may look more serious than other stuff you see happening online.

But don’t freak out just yet…

you are obviously keen to find out more about how you can help yourself or your friend and perhaps get some advice and a plan for how to improve things. Well, you’re in the right place”. Read on

Further information can be found at www.swgfl.org.uk/sextinghelp

Safeguarding yourself online – Personal Information and Spyware (Scenario One)
Web site link http://content.wortech.ac.uk/BirmAES/Scenario1/story.html

Safeguarding yourself online– Phishing and Security Software (Scenario Two)
Facebook Privacy

Web site link http://content.wortech.ac.uk/BirmAES/Scenario3/story.html

Safeguarding yourself online – cyber stalking
Web site link http://content.wortech.ac.uk/BirmAES/Scenario4/story.html

Safeguarding yourself – your Online presence (Scenario Five)
Web site link http://content.wortech.ac.uk/BirmAES/Scenario5/story.html

Safeguarding yourself online – The dangers with online shopping (Scenario Six)
Web site link http://content.wortech.ac.uk/BirmAES/Scenario6/story.html

Facebook makes changes to privacy settings for teens

 Last week Facebook introduced some changes to how teens use the service. Here is a brief summary:

  • When 13-17 year olds join Facebook now, their initial privacy setting will be to share with ‘Friends’ instead of ‘Friends of Friends’, which it was previously.
  • Facebook now makes it possible for 13-17 year olds to post publicly on Facebook for status updates, photos, check-ins and other content. Teens will also be able to opt-in to the ‘Follow’ feature. Previously, teens could not make public posts. Facebook rationale is to enable teens to have a voice on the platform – to share their views and opinions.
  • Facebook has introduced inline reminders – so when a teen chooses to post publicly, they will see a reminder that the post can be seen by anyone and an option to change the sharing option for the post.

More information can be found on Facebook’s Help Center.

ChildLine and IWF partner to help young people remove explicit images online

ChildLine and the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) are joining forces to ensure young people of 17 years and under know where to turn to get sexually explicit images removed from online.

In September 2012 IWF Internet Content Analysts, aimed to establish a snapshot of how many self-generated, sexually explicit images and videos of young people there are online. It also sought to discover how much of this content was copied from its original source and put on other websites. In less than 48 working hours, IWF analysts encountered more than 12,000 such images and videos spread over 68 websites, with 88% having been stolen from its original location.

If a young person is concerned about losing control of an explicit image online they can call ChildLine on 0800 1111. ChildLine will request verification of the name and date of birth of the young person pictured by obtaining scanned copies of official photographic ID or verification from a school, social worker or police liaison officer. If it is necessary to seek verification of age without photographic ID, the reason for this request will remain confidential.

ChildLine then complete an IWF referral form including a link to the image or video to be removed. Reports made to the IWF are confidential. On receipt of the referral form, the IWF team assess the report against UK law. IWF then contacts the police and either the hosting company or relevant global hotline to ensure the online image is removed.

Quick Guide to YouTube privacy


Your Digital Footprint

Here is a thought provoking short video about the data that is available to companies about you and your daily life. This short video will take you through the digital footprint that you leave behind when you visit the shop, make a telephone call and browse social media. You may feel like you know enough about your privacy settings to keep you secure here in college, and outside of the classroom, but you won’t fail to be shocked at what picture can be created of you by the data that you leave behind. Well worth the watch!

Protecting Your Digital Footprint

A ‘digital footprint’ is the information about you that is held on the internet which can be searched for and is visible to everyone. Unless you make your information private, anyone, including potential employers, can see anything you have ever posted online.

The following link shows you how to change your privacy settings on your facebook account and how you can protect your digitial footprint.


Parents Guide for Technology

This guide has been created to answer these questions about particular devices that young people are using or asking for and introduce some of the most popular devices, highlighting the safety tools available and empowering parents with the knowledge they need to support their children and young people to use these technologies safely and responsibly.


Online Gaming Guidance for Parents

Online gaming means you can now play in real time with thousands of people around the world. As well as playing on PCs and consoles like Playstation, Wii and Xbox, children and young people can also play games on mobile phones and handheld devices that can be used anywhere there’s an internet connection.

Games can offer children and young people a whole world of adventure to immerse themselves in. As a parent, it’s important to understand how you can make sure your young people enjoy them in safety.


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