Keeping our apprentices safe





Online Safety

The internet is a huge source of information and means of communication. It’s important to know that not all information or people online are trustworthy. Here’s a helpful guide on how to stay safe online:

Stay Safe - Don’t give out your personal information to people, companies or places you don’t know or trust

Don't meet up - Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Always check with someone else that you trust

Accepting files - Accepting emails, files, pictures or messages from people you don’t know can cause problems

Reliable - Check information before you believe it. Is the person or website telling you the truth?

Tell someone - Tell someone if someone or something makes you feel worried or uncomfortable

To help you understand and tackle the risks we all face online, here are our top 5 tips to staying safe online:

1. Check Your Security & Privacy Settings

Look for the ‘privacy and security’ or ‘settings’ on the app, website or device you are using and check or adjust them to increase the security on the personal data you are sharing. By ensuring your device is using the latest version of software and apps can also improve your security.

2. Block Unsuitable Content

If you see harmful activity, report it to the site. To prevent unwanted content from appearing, set filters on your home broadband and mobile networks. The UK Safer Internet Centre has advice on how. 

3. Protect Against Fraud

Criminals will use every opportunity they can to scam people, including Covid-19. Beware of fraud, scam or phishing emails and text messages relating to COVID-19 and do not give out your personal details in response to emails/text messages you don’t trust or recognise. You can find guidance on how to recognise a fraudulent email from the National Cyber Security Centre, here.

4. Check the Facts

Before you like, comment or share something online, use the SHARE checklist published by the Government to make sure you’re not spreading harmful content

  • Source - make sure information comes from a trusted source

  • Headline - always read beyond the headline

  • Analyse - check the facts

  • Retouched - does the image or video look as though it has been doctored?

  • Error - look out for bad grammar and spelling

5. Take a Break 

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with information at this time and constant news and social media updates can just add to your worries. Therefore if you feel it is affecting you, take a step back and limit the time you spend reading, watching or listening to media regarding the outbreak.

Remember you are allowed to leave your house for one form of exercise a day, so why not use it as a chance to take a break from screens and online media.

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We take our safeguarding responsibilities very seriously - If you have any concerns, please contact us