Community website Gumtree has become a sponsor of the government-backed safety initiative Get Safe Online.

As well as including comprehensive advice and guidance on the website, continuous investment in technologies and a dedicated safety and security team, the community website has recently developed the Gummies Guide: a new interactive safety hub.

This provides assistance to people who are lost, confused or just want some friendly help to trade safely. It includes tutorials showing everything from how to stay safe online and meet with other site members safely, to how to upload your first post and find what you are looking for on the site.

Tony Neate, managing director of GetSafeOnline.org, said: “Making sure internet users are aware of the risks and have the tools to help protect themselves is a challenging task.

“It needs cooperation from multiple stakeholders to be as effective and wide-reaching as possible – from individual internet users, through to businesses, technology providers, law enforcement and Government. Get Safe Online is delighted to welcome Gumtree.com on board to support our efforts and lend its expertise to the work we do.”

Katie Kitiri, head of trust and safety at Gumtree.com, said: “At Gumtree.com, we are all about enabling free trading between people in their own neighbourhoods, much like their local notice board.

“To make sure that people have the best possible experience, we are committed to collaborating across the industry to help raise awareness of safety issues involved while dealing with strangers you meet online; so we are thrilled to join Get Safe Online which aims to do just that.”