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Stay Safe on the Internet - Handout

St Michael’s, Bishop’s Cleeve

Stay Safe on the Internet

Version 1, 24 March 2015

(Read this as a PDF file)

At St Michael’s we sometimes run a session on Internet Safety, particularly to help local parents concerned about keeping their children safe – though most of the principles could apply to anyone.

We don’t claim this is the full story and we can’t vouch for the accuracy of anything here, particularly since the internet changes so quickly - but you might find the following links and guidance helpful.


Help is available on the Web

Most of these websites have vastly more advice than we can give in this handout, so we suggest you go to them and spend some time looking at what’s there.

Keeping Children Safe


Safer Internet Day (

General Safety for all Internet USers

Get Safe Online (

Cyber Streetwise (

Police and Reporting Bad Online Activity

Child Exploitation & Online Protection (

Internet Watch Foundation (

Getting interested and Learning More

Cyber Security Challenge (

Open University free course on Cyber Security (

Cheltenham Science Festival (/


Some thoughts on Good Practice

Think defensively – be suspicious

  • Protect yourself, your reputation, your friends, your family, wider circle
  • Protect your identity, your credentials, your money, your data
  • Protect anything / anyone that matters to you
  • Backup your data
  • If it looks dodgy, it probably is
  • If something’s free there’s usually a reason (e.g. they want your credentials)
  • Use good passwords or other protection
  • Don’t click on links in emails

Assume the internet is public

  • It’s wide open, and there are lots of bad people out there.
  • Everything you post is there forever, and it’s really easy to find

Know your computers and your data

  • Know all your devices, who’s using them and what they’re doing
  • Know what removable media’s coming in and out
  • Remember this includes phones, tablets, laptops, desktops…a whole lot else

Manage your computers and your data

  • Create different accounts for the different people using your devices
  • Put limits on what those accounts can do
  • Use passwords, PINs and screen savers
  • Keep your passwords safe
  • Use different passwords on different websites
  • Keep your software up to date and patched (Windows 8…)
  • Use anti-virus and firewall security products (Norton, McAfee, Kaspersky, AVG…)
  • Keep backups and have a plan for when your computer does down or ‘the internet isn’t there’
  • Think carefully about Wireless / WiFi
  • Use NetNanny etc
  • Dispose of computers securely

Think, Share, Discuss, Talk…

  • Talk to people, particularly children
  • Admit you don’t know it all (nobody does!)
  • Use ‘report bad behaviour’ buttons
  • Consider sharing devices/passwords with others
  • Get involved with local school activities



Suggestions for making particular Apps more secure

Google Chrome


Use Open DNS as a way of limiting…

Some Do’s and Don’ts with Social Media

Keeping Family Life Sane


Sunday 30 April

8.00 Holy Communion (said)
9.30 Holy Communion (with Choir)
11.15  Morning Worship (with Music Group)

Newsletter for 16 April
News from Gloucester Diocese


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Church Diary (internal use)
St Michael's Centre / Hall

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