Learn how to be safe online with Lead Scotland

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Our online safety classes are back for 2021! This year we’re giving up-to-date advice and information about important topics like passwords, online scams and cyber attacks so you can feel more confident that you can use the internet while protecting yourself.

The classes will be especially useful for disabled people or those who might find it harder to use the internet safely, but they are open and suitable for everyone. They will also be handy for you if who care for someone who needs some extra support using their digital device safely. All classes are free and open to the public.

We’re also giving webinars for practitioners and organisations about how to give online safety information in an accessible manner. 

Each webinar lasts 1 hour. 

Please tell us about your access requirements to be able to participate fully in one or more session by filling in a short form here. You don’t need to fill in this form if you don’t have access requirements.

We may be recording some sessions to share with attendees where this has been stated as an access requirement.

How to Create Strong Passwords

Are you worried that the passwords you use aren’t strong enough to keep you safe? This webinar will provide an accessible introduction to one of the most important security features: passwords. We’ll look at what makes strong password and how you can easily manage your passwords. There will be an optional practical element too, where everyone can put into practice what they’ve learned in the webinar.

Click here to sign up for Monday 1st February, 12pm

Click here to sign up for Monday 22nd February, 10am 

How to Remember Your Passwords

The average person has around 100 passwords for different online accounts, like social media and shopping websites. How are you supposed to remember them all? This webinar will give a more in-depth exploration of passwords, and how we can use password security to improve our daily digital lives. We will explore how we can remember all of our passwords across more than one device, such as laptops, mobile phones and tabletsAt the end of the webinar, there will be an optional practical element, where everyone can put into practice what they’ve learned in the webinar.

Click here to sign up for Wednesday 3rd February, 12pm

Click here to sign up for Thursday 25th February, 3pm RESCHEDULED

Online Scams: How to Spot Them and What to Do 

It can be really hard to spot a scam that comes through your email or pops up when you’re on a website. Cyber criminals are constantly changing their scams to try to trick people and it can be difficult to stay updated on what to look out forThis webinar will provide an accessible introduction into the murky world of scams, both online and through email. We’ll look at how we can identify scams, and what we can do to avoid scams in the first place. At the end of the webinar, there will be an optional practical element, where everyone can put into practice what they’ve learned in the webinar. 

Click here to sign up for Monday 8th February, 12pm

Click here to sign up for Monday 22nd February, 3pm

Learn More about Complex Online Scams

Do you want to learn more about online scams? In this webinar, we’ll take a more in-depth look into online and email scams. We’ll help you identify some of the more complex scams that exist. We’ll look at how scammers may try and exploit vulnerabilities across devices, and what practical steps you can take to avoid the scam.

Click here to sign up for Wednesday 10th February, 12pm

Click here to sign up for Thursday 4th March 12pm RESCHEDULED

Cyber Attacks: What to Do and Where to Get Help

Would you know what to do if your credit card details were stolen from a website or your digital device was controlled by criminals? This webinar will provide an accessible overview of what to do in you find that you’ve been the victim of a cyber-attack. It will feature detailed advice and practical support so that you can focus on minimising loss. At the end of the webinar, there will be an optional practical element, where everyone can put into practice what they’ve learned in the webinar. 

Click here to sign up for Monday 15th February, 12pm

Click here to sign up for Wednesday 24th February, 12pm

How to Promote Digital Safety in an Accessible Manner 

Do you sometimes find it tricky explaining online safety to the people you work with? There is so much information out there and it can often be contradictory. This webinar is aimed at practitioners and organisations that work with people who may face additional barriers when using the internet safely. We’ll look at the some of the barriers disabled people can encounter and focus on how to promote digital safety in an accessible manner. The webinar will contain practical tips, ideas, and methods to help support disabled people and carers to use technology safely. 

Click here to sign up for Wednesday 17th February, 12pm

Click here to sign up for Thursday 25th February, 12pm

How to Promote Digital Safety to those with Low IT Confidence 

1 in 5 adults in Scotland lack basic digital skills and some people don’t feel very confident using the internet. This webinar will support practitioners and organisations who work with or care for people with low confidence using technology so they can effectively use digital safety measures. We will discuss practical tips and methods for promoting confidence while using basic security features and explore why they are important. 

Click here to sign up for Friday 19th February, 12pm

Click here to sign up for Friday 26th February, 12pm

These online safety activities are funded by The Scottish Government.

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