Staying safe online

Find advice and support to help you, your family or business stay safe online.

1 What we do

We are an integral part of the Community Safety & Wellbeing Team within West Sussex County Council. We raise online safety awareness amongst our communities and professionals across West Sussex.

We run many events, offering different packages, giving top tips and advice to help you stay safe when you’re online.

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2 Online safety advice

Many people have concerns about using the internet, however, there are practical steps you can take to use it safely.

Below are resources which offer advice on how to remain safe while using the internet:


Almost all of us are likely to be spending more time online at the moment, including children. 

The Government has produced some guidance for parent and carers to keep children safe online. This outlines resources to help keep children safe from different risks online and where to go to receive support and advice.

3 Events and training

Staying safe online: An Internet We Trust

Due to the popularity of the previous webinar, we are pleased to offer another date.

This is a 90 minute webinar (with a break part way through) aimed at parents and carers exploring some of the key factors to be aware of regarding the online space and exploitation. The aim is to give you an overview of what young people may experience and explore the topic of trust online. It will better equip you to engage and support young people, identifying harmful online behaviour including radicalisation, fake news & conspiracy theories. The workshop will raise your understanding of how the online space can be exploited and discuss examples of how platforms are used to manipulate, coerce and radicalise vulnerable young people.

Working together to keep your business safe online

This webinar will provide good security habits to businesses and employees to protect your infrastructure from the inside. Although hacking is still used to attack computer systems, some of the most successful attacks have succeeded as a result of employees making avoidable mistakes. This is an instructive session covering recent trends in online crime and those older vulnerabilities which are still proving lucrative for criminals. The webinar aims to increase awareness of the techniques used and how individuals can protect themselves both at home and work. 

4 Report online crime

If you or your business become a victim of cybercrime you can report it to Action Fraud.

If you suspect that a child or young person has been, or is being, groomed or exploited this must be shared with one of the agencies below:

  • Police: 101 or in an emergency 999
  • West Sussex Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH): 01403 229900
  • NSPCC Online Safety helpline: 08088 005002
Last updated:
7 April 2021
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