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Chromebooks for families – end of the scheme

How to stay safe online

You will need to:

  • keep your Chromebook secure and safe from viruses
  • consider what your family should see online and
  • check you’re taking the steps to stay safe online.

How can I get security?

The software on your Chromebook includes security. The best way to protect it is to ensure that all software is up-to-date and has the latest security fixes. Until it is 5 years old, your Chromebook will automatically check for and downloads updates when it is connected to Wi-Fi. This is free.

If you want to check if your Chromebook’s system is up-to-date, there is guidance on checking for system updates on the Google website.

If you have broadband, most providers offer virus and other security protection as part of their package. You’ll find details on their website.

The CyberAware website explains other simple steps that help keep you secure for free, like setting strong email passwords.

How can I control what my family can see online?

If you have broadband, most providers offer parental controls as part of the package. You’ll find details on their website.

You can also set up a Children’s Account for a child to use on the Chromebook for free, which gives more options for controlling what they can see. There is guidance on managing Children’s Accounts on the Google website.

What other steps should I take to safe online?

These government websites provide advice for all families on how to keep yourself and your family safe online:

Cybersecurity advice for families

Cyberaware – protect your email

Internet Matters is backed by the UK’s most prominent internet providers, BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media, and are supported by leading child online safety experts. They offer advice and information on tackling e-safety issues, including the guides outlined in the intervention section.

NSPCC Share Aware is a campaign by the NSPCC and O2 to help keep children safe online. It offers advice and guidance in a number of areas.

NSPCC NetAware provides a guide to sites, apps and games. It gives you guidance on age, privacy settings and safety and support.