What is E-Safety?


E-safety can cover a wide variety of issues and topics, sometimes more than you'd think!

Click here for our helpful glossary of terms - and what they mean.

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Identity Theft

Identity theft is where a hacker or cyber-criminals steal your personal details online and use them to commit fraud. They use information like your age, date of birth, location or addresses, to make a false identity. They then use this to open bank accounts, take out credit cards, order goods, take over your online accounts, apply for official documents and more. That's why it's really important to know how to keep your details safe online, and what to do if the worst happens to you.

If you've been affected by identity theft, click here to visit the Action Fraud official Police website. 


Infographic

An infographic is a digital poster which is created to give useful information in visual form (the clue’s in the name – information + graphic = infographic!) They can present complex and detailed information really quickly and simply, from statistics to concepts.

The way that an infographic is presented allows you to understand connections very quickly, so that instead of reading a dry report or looking at a spreadsheet at a list of numbers and figures, charts and information can be shown and understood. The use of colour and pictures makes it easy to instantly see patterns and significance too.

Infographics are excellent to use for assignments or presentations where a poster or visual materials need to be produced. There are some brilliant tools online which can help you build an infographic which can be published online in different places or that can be downloaded as a picture file and used in presentations, reports and more.


Instant Messaging/ IM

Instant messaging is a way of communicating in real time via the Internet, allowing you to chat online through either a social media website or a dedicated app, like Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger.

It can also be an instant way of sharing content - like photos, links and videos. Services like Skype also allow video and audio calls between users.However, if you're IM-ing someone you've never met, or know only online, it's a good idea to consider what you're sharing.

For information about using Instant Messaging, click here