The internet is useful in many ways and many of us use it every day. However, sometimes there can be risks and dangers, such as people stealing personal information and cyber bullying.

People with a learning disability are especially at risk of being hurt, so to tackle this, the SafeSurfing project taught people with a learning disability to use the internet in a safe way.

SafeSurfing was a two-year European project, started in October 2014 and led by Inclusion Europe and other learning disability organisations including Mencap from the UK, PSOUU from Poland, ANFFAS from Italy, and FEAPS from Spain.

We trained people with a learning disability in data protection and what safe online behaviour looks like through online training sessions, to give them the support and knowledge they need to decide what information they want to share with others. 

Internet safety training

The internet is useful in many ways, however sometimes there can be risks and dangers, such as stolen personal data and cyber bullying. People with a learning disability are especially at risk of being hurt, so to tackle this, the SafeSurfing project created its own internet safety training.

This training aims to support people with a learning disability to know what personal information they should share online, how to protect their personal data, and surf the web safely.

The training is broken down into the following downloadable modules:

  1. How to use the internet safely and protect my personal data (PowerPoint presentation)
  2. Dangers of the internet (PowerPoint presentation)
  3. How to stay safe using the internet and apps (PowerPoint presentation)
  4. Facebook and browser safety (PowerPoint presentation)
  5. Summary of what we have learnt (PowerPoint presentation).

Additional resources

These training materials are free to download.

EU flag; dark blue rectangle with 12 gold stars in the middle in the circle. The SafeSurfing Project was funded by the Rights Equality and Citizenship programme of the EU. Visit the Inclusion Europe website for more information about the SafeSurfing project.

Digital boundaries

"Having conversations is vital in supporting young people to stay safe online. When addressing things like online safety and boundaries with young people we need to present balanced view points."

Amber, from Brook - the sexual health and wellbeing charity, is an expert on our online community and gives some tips on talking to young people about digital boundaries.

Take a look at the post and ask questions or share your thoughts.

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