Technology – not least the internet – plays such a key role in our lives that it’s a positive move to introduce children to it in a careful and appropriate way. Young people are naturally curious and like to explore … it’s how they learn and develop. For them, the internet can be a fascinating and exciting place – not least the ability to easily access entertainment and interaction with others. However, the internet is relatively unpoliced, making it vital  to safeguard your kids against issues like inappropriate contact which may lead to abuse or grooming, adult or malicious content or the temptation to share private information or images … to name but a few. Essentially, our advice on bringing children up in the digital age falls into three categories: •  Working with your children as they grow and develop to guide them in the right direction, understand what they are doing and being on hand to answer any concerns. •  Having technical measures in place such as parental control software and network and device-level filters in place. •  Being aware of the latest developments in apps, social networking and gaming by reading up on them and speaking to your kids and other parents. Because of space limitations, this advice is very broad, so for more in-depth information on keeping your children safe on the internet please visit  and select Safeguarding Children.
Running a business is challenging enough without having to deal with fraud and other online and data-related issues. Here are some basic rules to safeguard your business: •  Run regular online safety and information security awareness sessions for all employees. Get staff to question and challenge things that seem irregular. •  Ensure physical access to computers and servers is strictly controlled. •  Introduce and reinforce rules about mobile devices, including keeping them safe, use of public internet and secured home access, and the use of employees’ own smartphones and tablets in the business. •  Perform regular backups to a reputable service, preferably one that is in the cloud and easily accessible. •  Enforce strict access to company, employee and customer data. •  Make sure you and all staff can spot the signs of a social engineering scam and know how to avoid the company being defrauded in this way. •  Have a software policy firmly in place including usage, updates, licences and what to do with redundant programs and apps. •  When disposing of redundant computers, servers and mobile devices, ensure all data is thoroughly erased (not just deleted) to ensure it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
If you, a family member or your business suffer fraud, identity theft or abuse, you should report it immediately to avoid repeat victimisation and prevent it happening to others. This is the case however small the amount you have lost or the abuse suffered.   Report the problem to the website, social network, ISP or organisation used by the fraudster, identity thief or abuser to commit their crime. If you receive a fraudulent email, phone call, text or social media post, report it to the organisation being falsely represented (for example your bank or HMRC). Report actual or attempted fraud to Action Fraud at or by calling Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
Thank you for visiting our Get Safe Online event today. We hope you have found our advice useful. In this booklet, we have featured a few areas in which the internet is very widely used, and which we are frequently asked questions about at events like the one today. For comprehensive, simple, free advice on keeping yourself, your family, your finances and your workplace safe online, please visit:
We work closely with the Government’s cyber security campaign, Cyber Aware, which provides advice for small business and individuals to help protect themselves from cyber crime. To supplement the advice in this leaflet, please note the Government’s advice on two key areas of online safety. Use three random words to create a strong password Numbers and symbols can still be used if needed, but three random words provide a good compromise between strength and memorability. Never share your passwords with anyone and ensure you use different passwords for your most important accounts, which are your email, online banking and social media. Always download the latest software and app updates They contain vital security upgrades which help protect your device from viruses and hackers. On top of having the most up to date security, software updates also usually include new features and functionality – so why wouldn’t you install them? This is based on advice from the National Cyber Security Centre.
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