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Looking After Yourself

Online Safety

​​Lots of people use the internet and social media to find out information, connect and make friends and for lots of other reasons.  It is really important to know how to use the internet and social media safely and responsibly. 

Learn My Way is a website of free online courses for beginners, helping you develop digital skills to make the most of the online world. The website is was created and is managed by Good Things Foundation and is designed to be fully accessible and usable for everyone.

Learn about these subjects:

  • Using your computer or device
  • Online basics
  • More internet skills
  • Online safety
  • Finding a job online
  • Improving your health online
  • Managing your money online
  • Public services online

Visit the Learn My Way website (opens a new window)

Local courses

Libraries in both boroughs offer free computer taster sessions.


Getting it on contains information and services for 13-19 year olds on sexual and mental health issues, drugs & alcohol and relationship problems in Kingston and Richmond including online safety (opens a new window)

Information aimed at children and young people

Thinkuknow is a website that has guides to internet safety and safe surfing for children and young people. The information targeted at different age groups.

Visit the Thinkuknow website (opens a new window)

Childline has lots of useful information for young people including videos, apps and online message boards.

The website covers subjects like:

  • sexting
  • online bullying
  • taking care of your digital footprint
  • mobile phone safety

Visit the Childline website (opens a new window)

Childnet has information for children and young people divided into primary and secondary age categories. The site has links to information for individual apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Snapchat and gaming sites such as Playstation.

UK Safer Internet Centre has games, quizzes, films and advice to help young people get the most out of the internet while staying safe online.

Visit UK Safer Internet Centre Youth site  (opens a new window)

CEOP is dedicated to keeping children safe from sexual abuse and sexual grooming online.

Visit the CEOP website (opens a new window)

Safernet has online safety advice for people with learning difficulties.

Visit the Safernet website (opens a new window)