Information Services

Digital Safety Tips and Resources

A list of curated external resources and quick safety hacks to help keep you safe and secure while engaging online.

General Safety Resources

The following resources offer a broad overview of ways you can keep yourself safe while engaging online. 

Safe, Secure, Online Resources for Education

This is a large catalogue of digital safety resources including social media checklists and university students’ fact sheets.

Safe, Secure, Online Resources for Education

UK Safer Internet Centre Resource for Young People

This website offers top tips and interactive resources to help young people (ages 11-19) stay safe online.

UK Safer Internet Centre Resources for Young People

Feminist Frequency

Feminist Frequency provides a comprehensive guide about how to keep yourself safe from individuals, loosely organized groups and cybermobs online.

Speak Up and Stay Safe(r): A Guide to Protecting Yourself from Online Harassment

Police Scotland

Police Scotland are committed to helping create Safer Virtual Communities and offer some helpful guidance on a range of topics including romance fraud, sextortion, social media, internet dating, cybercrime, online shopping and keeping safe online.

Police Scotland: Internet Safety

BBC WebWise

This website offers helpful information and guidance on online security, safety and privacy rights, and online safety tips for parents to keep young children secure.

BBC WebWise: Safety & privacy

Revenge Porn Helpline

The National Revenge Porn Helpline offers efficient support for victims of intimate image abuse in Scotland, including advice on laws and legislation, emotional support and legal and informative advice services.

Revenge Porn Helpline: Support for victims of intimate image abuse in Scotland

Remove Harmful Content

Remove Harmful Content offers wide-ranging resources on numerous issues relating to online harms, including general advice on what to remember when reporting to social media and more targeted guidance addressing specific concerns.

Remove Harmful Content: Advice

Online Dating provide guidance to ensure you stay safe online throughout your dating journey. Be sure to have a look at the following resources if you’re on Tinder, or any other website apps or websites. Online Dating Advice for Students Staying Safe While Online Dating How to Spot a Scammer

Digital Safety Guides

Information Security Top 10 Online Safety Tips

The University’s Information Security team have put together a helpful “top 10” list of quick and easy digital safety tips to help keep you and your devices safe and secure.

Information Security Top 10 Online Safety Tips

Guide to Internetting While Female

Anita Sarkeesian’s short guide to help you identify different forms of gendered online harassment and bullying

Guide to Internetting While Female

The Guardian – digital safety tips

Find The Guardian’s top safety tips for how to keep yourself safe while surfing the web at the following resources.

10 ways to keep your personal data safe from online snoopers

20 ways to keep your internet identity safe from hackers

Digital Citizenship Resources

Educate Yourself: Online Racial Equity Workshops (Eventbrite)

This collection of online events, curated by Eventbrite, aims to provide a platform for events and conversations centering on racial justice and equality. Check out the events listed and learn more about what you can do to stand for a more equitable society both online and off.

Online Racial Equity Workshops (Eventbrite)

Dealing with Online Racism (BBC Own It)

This web hub offers helpful resources on managing your mental health and reporting offensive content if you have been affected by racism online.

Dealing with Online Racism (BBC Own It)

The Empower Project: Supporting Communities to End Gender Based Violence

The Empower Project is a local Edinburgh charity committed to supporting communities to end gender based violence with a focus on online abuse in the digital age. Check out their website for more information on upcoming events and workshops.

The Empower Project

Stop Online Abuse

This website offers a range of information on online abuse and harassment with particular resources on sexism, homophobia and biphobia, and transphobia.

Stop Online Abuse

The LGBTQ+ Guide to Online Safety

This online guide offers a range of guidance for LGBTQ+ individuals and allies, from finding community online to navigating cyberbullying on social media.

The LGBTQ+ Guide to Online Safety

Recognising and Reporting Disability Hate Crime (Scope)

This online guide offers helpful information on recognizing and reporting disability hate crime including a range of support resources.

Recognising and Reporting Disability Hate Crime

Zen and the Art of Making Tech Work for You (Tactical Technology Collective)

This billigual manual sourced from a community of women, activists and technologists offers a virtual library of information devoted to strengthening and protecting your online presence and creating safe and collaborative online spaces.

Zen and the Art of Making Tech Work for You

Videos on Digital Citizenship and Wellbeing

Curated YouTube videos and TED Talks from professionals working in digital media and cyber security.

Who owns your data?

This helpful video talks about privacy and ownership in the digital age.

'Who owns your data? (Hint: It’s not you)' (YouTube)

Jon Ronson TED Talk: When online shaming goes too far

Author Jon Ronson asks us to rethink how we interact online in this video, which looks at the consequences of online shaming on Twitter.

'When online shaming goes too far'

Anita Sarkeesian at TEDxWomen 2012

Feminist media critic Anita Sarkeesian examines gaming culture and discusses being the victim of an online hate campaign.

Anita Sarkeesian TED Talk (YouTube)


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