At National Online Safety, we provide multi-award-winning online safety education for the whole school community. It’s our mission to make the internet a safer place for children. We believe that when children go online to learn, communicate or play, they should be able to do so safely. That’s why we provide schools all over the world with the knowledge they need in order to tackle new and evolving online risks.
The internet is a battleground of opinions - many of them genuine and heartfelt, but some placed there deliberately to make financial or political capital. Quickly find out what you need to know about the organised world of information operations in this short explainer video.
What are information operations?
Information operations, often labelled as ‘disinformation campaigns’, are organised attempts by nation states, organisations, and sometimes individuals to mislead or confuse populations in their own or foreign countries for political or commercial gain. One appeal of disinformation is that, unlike overt propaganda, it is much harder to detect while the anonymity of the internet makes it difficult to trace to its untrustworthy source. Often, disinformation distorts rather than invents facts, a feature that makes it more difficult to counter.
For more information on the associated risks and online safety tips for parents and carers, watch our explainer video, available to those with a National Online Safety membership.