Week 4: Staying safe and legal


How safe do you feel when you’re online?

Last week while exploring your digital footprint and identity, you identified techniques to help you create the ‘right’ image online. You are now aware of your presence and impact in a digital environment. In addition to this, you also need to know how to protect yourself online and stay within the law. This is all part of digital well-being.

Over the course of this week, you will be introduced to some key strategies to help you keep safe online such as how you can set good passwords, steer clear of computer viruses, and we’ll be touching on the whole area of digital well-being. Being aware of possible threats and understanding how to deal with them will go a long way towards increasing your confidence when you’re online.

Protecting yourself is also about looking after your own digital property (content) and respecting content owned by others. It is useful to know how your content is protected legally and how that works for anything you create and share online. If you decide to reuse someone else’s content, you should only do this with permission from rightsholders (those who are in control of the rights you need) or by making use of your country’s legal defences – such as the Myanmar Literary and Artistic Copyright Law [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] (May 2019).

Where work has been licensed under Creative Commons, this also makes clear how you can re-use it. Using Creative Commons licenses to share your own work is highly recommended if you wish to encourage others to make use of it freely. In the first section you will be exploring passwords and finding out how to protect yourself online.

By the end of this week, you should be able to:

  • make sure that your online experience is safe and constructive
  • begin to consider and improve your digital well-being
  • use online information without breaking the law.