Cyberspace Safety

What is meant by ‘online safety’

The term online safety means the act in which all people are protected while they are accessing and operating any devices and networks. While the internet can be a wonderful thing that makes life an excessive amount easier, Individuals who use the internet need to be aware of the nature that the internet is a breeding ground for possible threats that they will most likely encounter while engaging in the internet. 

Possible risks of the internet.

The internet can be a ruthless place that can withhold lots of unforgiving factors. Through cyberspace, people can have access to anyone around the whole world with just even a name, address or personal phone number. Teenagers and people who are older know that this information should be kept safe and not given out to anybody, especially people that we don't know. But children are less likely to keep this information to themselves.

Social media nowadays, is being portrayed as being ‘cool’ amongst the younger generation, this leads to more and more children wanting social media which makes it extremely popular amongst them. This popularity leads to more children downloading social media apps such as TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, snapchat and many more. These types of apps are for older ages, more typically around 13 years or older. This is because within these apps there is a huge potential of there being content that can be very harmful to younger children, such as pornography and gore videos being shown.

Moreover, within these apps, with most of the downloaders being people who are adults, these children who have no experience of social media are prawns of being picked on and being exploited in different ways. These risks can include grooming, cyber bullying and more. 

Social media is a highly dangerous network that anyone under the age of 13 should definitely not be allowed to access.

However, even within adults and the elderly, they can be prone to risks within being online. As of 2022, almost 92% of the population in the UK alone are adults or older individuals who use the internet on a daily basis. People who are aged 65 and over are more susceptible to being victims of cybercrime; this can include Fraud. The elderly are more likely to be a target of such internet crime because as they are old, scammers will come up with subtle tactics to try and confuse their victims, and as a result, the elderly are unaware that they have been a victim of the various scams. 

So how can we and others stay safe online?

While there's dangers with cyberspace, there are additionally different ways in which we can promote online safety and keep ourselves and others safe while operating online. 

Ways in which we can stay safe while online can include:

  • Use a strong password which is different for everything else. Your passwords should contain three random words that have no connection to each other and should not contain any information about you like your name, age and birthday in it, as they are easier to guess.
  • Backing up your data.
  • Install the latest versions software and app updates.
  • Use free public WIFI with caution.
  • Make sure sites are secure before using them.
  • Make sure links and attachments are safe before viewing them- this can be done by checking who the person sending them is.
  • Schools can give children a talk or assembly about how to keep safe online and about the dangers of the internet.

These are just some of actions that can protect users of the internet from all the dangers and negative aspects. Its important that people using the net are safe and know what to do in order to prevent any risks to themselves and others as the internet is a unforgiving place that will cause these issues for peoples lives with no care.