Learning Disabilities

How to surf the web safely when you have a learning disability

MENCAP have produced SafeSurfing a learning module aimed 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. This is particularly important in an age of information where we are constantly being asked for our personal information online so we wanted to share the training with you on Technology for Good.

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. MEN CAP 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. 

Web 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.
  2. Dangers of the internet.
  3. How to stay safe using the internet and apps.
  4. Facebook and browser safety.
  5. Summary of what we have learnt.

Additional resources

These training materials are free to download.

 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.

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