Mode of Study

  • Part-time

Interests

  • Computing

Why take this course?

Internet safety means knowing about potential threats when you are online; knowing what you can and cannot (legally) do when you are online; and knowing how to protect yourself from some of the risks that are involved in using the internet.

Internet safety is about the safe and legal use of the internet. The internet is used by lots of people, of all ages, for lots of purposes – ranging from chatting to friends to booking a holiday – and the use of the internet is growing at a rapid pace. But there are risks involved in using the internet. These risks include: unwanted e-mail, online fraud, identity theft, child grooming and viruses.

There are numerous media reports about abuses and new threats are emerging all of the time. A large survey carried out by Ofcom highlighted these two trends (growing use of the internet, accompanied by increased threats to personal safety) and emphasised the lack of awareness about potential threats.

The Internet Safety Award is suitable for a wide range of candidates, particularly young people, parents, and mature internet users.

What you will experience

As well as learning about the main threats to personal safety, learners will also gain practical skills in protecting themselves from these threats by learning, for example, how to use firewalls, virus protection, backup software and generally maintaining high standards of personal cyber hygiene.