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The internet is an amazing and exciting place. You probably use it most days for research, socialising or just to have fun. When you imagine how many billions of people are using the Internet at any one time, you could say that overall it is actually a pretty safe place. However, as with anything so good, there are bound to be a few things that are not so good. The Internet does have a few pitfalls and you need to be aware of them in order to use it confidently and safely.

This leaflet, from London Grid for Learning, gives some useful tips for parents on this subject. You can also find out more from the following websites:


 Top Tips from Childnet International

  1. Protect your online reputation: use the services provided to manage your digital footprints and ‘think before you post.’ Content posted online can last forever and could be shared publicly by anyone.
  2. Know where to find help: understand how to report to service providers and use blocking and deleting tools. If something happens that upsets you online, it’s never too late to tell someone.
  3. Don’t give in to pressure: if you lose your inhibitions you've lost control; once you’ve pressed send you can’t take it back.
  4. Respect the law: use reliable services and know how to legally access the music, film and TV you want.
  5. Acknowledge your sources: use trustworthy content and remember to give credit when using others’ work/ideas.

Free Computer Protection Software

Install anti-virus software

Without proper protection from viruses, you're leaving your computer at risk from all manner of threats. Thankfully, there are a number of free anti-virus programs out there to regularly scan your computer, and if you keep it updated, you should be safe from the newest viruses:

Microsoft Security Essentials

Grisoft AVG Free



Install anti-spyware software

If you use the Internet regularly, it's worthwhile having some anti-spyware software installed. They work by scanning your system for known spyware and adware components, and letting you delete them if any are found. You can even schedule the software to scan while you're sleeping.

Windows Defender



Try alternative web browsers

Internet Explorer (Windows) and Safari (Mac) aren't your only choices when it comes to searching on the web. In fact, many technical professionals are now suggesting you look at some of the new browsers available as they could help in preventing spyware from reaching your PC. Mozilla Firefox is gaining popularity at the moment, as is Opera. Both deserve a look.

Mozilla Firefox



Take care when installing file sharing software

It's all too easy to rush through installation screens when you want to download the latest track from your favourite artist, but you need to make sure you're not sharing more files than you thought. When you're installing the software, read each screen before clicking Next to make sure you're not accidentally sharing half your hard drive to the outside world.


Google Safesearch lock software + tips: Click Here

K9 Web Parental Monitoring software: Click Here

Free parental controls/Monitoring software: Click Here

Childnet International: Click Here