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Online safety resources for students

Learn how to stay safe online

Digital technology is amazing. It makes it easier than ever for us to learn, create, share and connect online. Just like in the physical world though, there are simple and sensible steps that we should take to keep ourselves safe. 

In the videos below, you can learn more about some of the most common issues you may face (or have already faced) when using the internet and social media.

Cyberbullying

As you’re probably already aware, cyberbullying is any form bullying that happens online. It can be something subtle, like being left out of a group chat to something more obviously nasty or threatening. It can also be very public and can happen at any place and at any time.

This video will give you tips and advice on how to take a step back, get things in perspective and deal with cyberbullying in a way that means you can still enjoy being online. 

Digital footprint

A digital footprint is the trail of information we leave behind us when we do anything online - when we share, search, join groups or buy things. All of this information is stored somewhere – sometimes we know about it and sometimes we don’t.

In this video, we will give you insights into how digital footprints are formed, why it’s important to be aware of them, how you can manage your digital footprint and ways to make it work to your advantage.

Identity and self-esteem

Most of us want to present ourselves in the best possible light online and with photo editing apps, we can tune our appearance any way we like. But if people like this stylised version of ourselves, how satisfying is that? What does it say about how we think about ourselves?

This video gives you some things to think about when it comes to how we present ourselves online as well as some tips and advice on how avoid social peer pressure, remain confident and be true to yourself.

Relationships and grooming

Social media is such a powerful tool for connecting you to people you know and also for making new connections with people that you don’t. Unfortunately, it can also be used by less honest people to construct fake profiles in order to scam others or build romantic relationships.

This video has been created to give you information about how the people we connect with online don’t always have the best intentions, as well as advice on how to avoid the dangers.

Security and privacy

We share so many aspects of our lives online – from where we go out, to what we eat, to where we go on holiday. This is great for keeping up to date with friends and family, but sometimes this information can be used against us in the form of hacks, phishing scams or viruses.

This video gives you tips on what sorts of information you should to keep to yourself, trends we’re seeing in this space and advice on how to stay secure online.

Sexting

Sharing is such a big part of our online lives, and for most of us who share responsibly, it’s great. But for some, it can be detrimental, and sexting is one of the biggest problems. Sexting involves someone sharing any form of sexually explicit content, like a nude selfie, with another person.

This video has been created to encourage you to think about the risks of sexting as well as offering guidance on what to do if you’ve either received sexually explicit content, or are thinking about sharing it.