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Safeguarding Week: Day four - online safety

Date
Thu, 18 Jun 2020
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During Safeguarding Week, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and its partners are reminding the public about the services available to keep themselves, and everybody else, safe.

Each day, advice will be sent out on a theme, telling the community what signs they should be looking out for, and where to turn to if they have concerns about adults or children.

Although face-to-face events cannot be held during this year's event, messages on social media and the internet are telling the public that safeguarding services are still working round the clock in the East Riding.

The themes for the week are:

Monday: Keeping Safe

Tuesday: Domestic Abuse

Wednesday: Emotional Health and Wellbeing

Thursday: Online Safety

Friday: Exploitation

Councillor Vanessa Walker, portfolio holder for adult and carer services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "Often those suffering abuse or neglect do not realise or want to admit that they are a victim and so it is crucial that the awareness of these issues is raised so that people can be safeguarded appropriately."

Councillor Julie Abraham, portfolio holder for children, young people and education, said: "Keeping people safe from exploitation and harm is everyone's responsibility.

"If you are concerned about a child or young person, we need you to report it. There is a lot of help that is available for families."

For more information on safeguarding go to www.ersab.org.uk (adults) or www.erscp.co.uk (children).

 

Day four: Online safety

Children

It's normal for many young people and even some adults to want to play games for long periods of time, especially during social distancing restrictions.

Problems can occur when a player's normal life is affected by their need to play. A player who is avoiding normal routines such as meal and toilet breaks, disrupted or reduced sleep, poor personal care and hygiene, and avoiding safe socialising and other fun activities could have a problem.

Parents can turn off in-app and in-game purchases and make sure bank cards aren't linked to game accounts, limit gaming time and consider their own online behaviour and use of devices.

YGam offers help for young gamers and gamblers at www.ygam.org and Krysallis has free counselling support in Yorkshire and the Humber on 01423 857939

Adults

Scams are schemes to cheat people out of their money. They come in a variety of ways. Please be aware that not everyone out there is trustworthy and some people will take advantage

Tips to avoid being scammed:

  • Be cautious and listen to your instincts. Don't be afraid to hang up, bin it, delete it or shut the door.
  • Take your time, don't be rushed.
  • Check with family and friends before accepting offers of help if you are unsure.
  • Be aware of fake news and use trusted sources such as .gov.uk or NHS.uk websites. Make sure you type the addresses in and don't click on links in emails.
  • Only purchase goods from legitimate retailers and take a moment to think before parting with money or personal information.
  • Protect your financial information, especially from people you don't know. Never give your bank card or PIN to a stranger.

If you think you've been scammed, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 and if you need advice, call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133.

Contact your bank if you think you have been scammed.

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