Staying Safe Online

Staying safe online

There are lots of steps you can take to stay safe when using computers, phones and tablets and when you use the internet. 

If you are worried about someone you know accessing your online accounts or tracking your internet usage, you can get advice about how to maintain privacy online   

You can also call the Freephone 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or read Refuge’s specialist resources on tech abuse.
 

Five tips to stay safe online:

  • Brush up your computer skills - Kingston Adult Education offers courses in computing, including for beginners.

  • Take steps to protect yourself from online fraud and cyber crime - Action Fraud give prevention advice and you can sign up for alerts about fraud and scams in your area.

  • Make sure all your family know about the importance of online safety - there are age-appropriate resources available for children available through the Safer Internet Centre and ThinkuKnow. Older relatives might find Age UK information and courses useful.

  • Help protect your community from online and other scams - become a Friend Against Scams by completing the quick online training 

Remember, if you do see any harmful content online or are the victim of a scam or cyber crime, this is nothing to be embarrassed about. It is important to report this and get any help and support you need. If you are unsure what to do, contact Citizen's Advice Bureau for advice.

Useful links:

Action Fraud - Find prevention advice, help reporting and resources for victims. You can also make a report online or by calling 0300 123 2040

Child Exploitation and Online Protection command - Find information and advice around concerns about online child sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with a child online

Citizens Advice Bureau - Get advice or help reporting online scams

Friends Against Scams - Get information on scams, what you can do to help prevent them and information on support available

MPS Fraud & Cybercrime Prevention - Use guides and videos made by the Police for raising awareness and preventing fraud and cybercrime  

National Cyber Security Centre - The UK's independent authority on cyber security

Report Harmful Content - Get help and advice reporting different kinds of harmful online content

ThinkuKnow - Find advice for children and their carers about staying safe using a phone, tablet or computer as part of a National Crime Agency education programme.

UK Safer Internet Centre - General advice on online safety, for adults and young people

Victim Support - Find information or request support if you have been the victim of a crime, or contact the West London Victim Assessment and Referral Service on freephone 0808 168 9291 

Last Modified: 12/05/2021 12:57:35