Information Services

General Safer Internet Resources

A list of curated external resources - including antiracism, disability support, LGBTQ+ resources, resources for combatting gender-based violence, and quick safety hacks to help keep you safe and secure while engaging online.

General Safety Resources

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

Get Safe Online

This helpful website provides information on protecting your computer, smartphone, and tablets when shopping, banking, and using social networks.

Get Safe Online

Information Commissioner’s Office

The main source of official information about data protection, what is expected of all citizens when handling personally sensitive information, and the laws related to this.

Information Commissioner’s Office

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'

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

Report Harmful Content

Report 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.

Report Harmful Content: Advice

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

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)

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

Antiracism Resources

Learn more about how to combat racism online and advance racial justice within digital spaces.

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)

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)

Combatting Gender-Based Violence

Learn more about gendered abuse and harassment online and the ways in which we can all do our part to make the internet safer for all genders.

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)

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

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

Revenge Porn Helpline

The National Revenge Porn Helpline offers efficient support for victims of intimate image abuse across the UK, 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

Disability Support Resources

Find helpful information on stopping disability-related harassment online below.

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

LGBTQ+ Resources

Find resources aimed at protecting LGBTQ+ individuals and allies in online spaces.

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

Online Dating

Match.com 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, Match.com or any other website apps or websites.

Match.com Online Dating Advice for Students

Match.com Staying Safe While Online Dating

Match.com How to Spot a Scammer

Digital Safety Tips

Quick and easy tips to keep yourself and others safe online.

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

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

 

© Victoria Madden, Shivani Rao, University of Edinburgh, 2022, CC BY-SA 4.0, unless otherwise indicated.