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Screenless Summer Pack
A pack to get kids away from their screens this summer. Colouring sheets, scavenger hunts and photo props make for lots of fun.
Download our guide on talking to Children and Young People about Terrorism Attacks.
Kik; a Predator's go-to app
Understanding the platforms used by predators to prey on children is vital to stopping it. This PDF tells you everything you need to know.
Should they stream it?
Help children and young people in your care become safer streaming superstars. This easy traffic light system is a one-stop shop.
In the age of all things digital criminals are using the internet to scam and steal. Understand what phishing is, protect yourself and educate others.
Be a Cyber Hero
Help young people in your care become Cyberheroes against bullies online.
Our whole lives are online. Our personal information is valuable and passwords are the first line of defence.
Learn about emerging and recurring threats through our simple videos.
Fortnite in 60 Seconds
Fortnite: Battle Royale has dominated the gaming world. Here is your 60 second insight into staying safe on the game that has taken the gaming world by storm.
'Prescribed' Child Sex Dolls
Our CEO Jim Gamble QPM shares his opinion on ‘prescribing’ child sex dolls to paedophiles. A response to an article from Daily Express.
What is Momo?
With recent media coverage on the Momo Challege it's important to pause, think and plan before speaking to your child.
What is a Trusted Adult?
It is important children understand what a trusted adult is. Reassure and empower children in your care with this video.
Criminal Justice vs Safeguarding
The differences between a safeguarding and a criminal justice reponse is explored by Jim Gamble QPM. Which is truly better within a safeguarding context?
Social Media Addiction
This Mental Health Awareness Week we have explored social media addiction and the stressing effects it has on young people and children.
Hear from FGM survivors. Learn about FGM and the context within which it takes place.
This social-media trend poses a risk to children. Understand the concept and learn how to combat it with the triple lock consent principle.
What you need to know about online safety.
What you need to know about popular scams, and how to report them.
Extent of the Problem
According to Action Fraud, “Fraud is when trickery is used to gain a dishonest advantage, which is often financial, over another person. Cyber-crime is any criminal act dealing with computers and networks.”
The Office for National Statistics say that people are more likely to fall victim to fraud than any other crime with estimated costs from 2017 said to be around £190bn each year.
Between October 2017 to March 2018: 332,570 crimes were reported to Action Fraud, with £704m lost by victims. Most reports (62%) came from businesses and 39% came from individuals.
What you should know
The first step in being ‘scam aware’ is to understand the different ways that someone might be trying to scam you. Unfortunately, scams evolve quite quickly, and tricksters are skilled in adapting their tactics that are easy to conceal or choose those with a high ‘strike rate’.
Luckily there are a few consistent themes in fraudulent scams:
- Generally speaking, if it sounds too good to be true- it probably is
- Scenarios or alarming claims, news of threats that make you feel pressurised into acting
- Being asked for personal information or bank details- there is usually money involved
Scams take many forms and can range from door to door calls, or scammers contacting you online, via text or on the phone. There are also reports of scams via mail, below you will find some of the most common scams.
Someone may call you and claim to be from your bank. They may inform you that there is a problem with your account and ask for information. Remember your bank will never ask you for your card PIN or will they suggest you transfer money to a ‘safe account’. If in doubt hang up and call your bank to verify the problem.
These can be calls from a company about an accident you have had, offering compensation. These aren’t always scams, but you should contact your insurance company if you have been in an accident.
A common trick used by scammers that redirects traffic from a legitimate website to a fake version where they can collect information. e.g. hmrc.gov.uk will never be hmrc.co.uk. Often these websites will look low budget and may not have many pages.
You might receive a text or email claiming to be from your bank or other trusted provider like HMRC or your local council. Make sure you check the sender’s email address, it should match the official website of the provider e.g. [email protected] will not be from hmrc.gov.uk
This is when victims are groomed into false relationships by someone who aims to gain their trust, eventually stealing their money or accessing their personal information. Be aware of ‘things moving too fast’ and remember that personal or sensitive things you say or share (including images) could be used against you. A quick reverse image search of their profile picture will show you where else it has been used.
How to Protect Yourself from Scams
Protect yourself by limiting the amount of identifiable information that is made public or shared with close contacts on social media. Your personal information is highly valuable and sought after, and social media platforms even encourage us to share this on our profile.
Think: Are any of the answers to banking security questions listed on your Facebook profile e.g. where you studied, where you were born, when you got married or your mother’s name
Be information aware
Always destroy any documents that contain personal information, you can shred them or bring them to work and use their shredder. There’s not a lot someone can do with your bank account and sort code, but this ‘puzzle piece’ can be combined with other information that is publicly available online to impersonate you.
Keep your computer’s antivirus and firewall up to date, run regular scans and action updates immediately. These updates often include critical security patches to fix vulnerabilities within software you use. Don’t send or enter sensitive personal information on unsecured websites or networks- reliable websites always start with HTTPS not HTTP (look out for the padlock beside the web address). Remember everything you send on a public Wi-Fi network can be intercepted.
On the Phone
It’s easy to let your guard down if someone sounds confident on the phone, particularly when they ask you to confirm information. If someone calls and asks to speak to you, guard your personal information. Someone should not ask you to provide personal details to verify your identity- they called you.
Fraudsters aren’t always strangers
Be aware that not all fraud is committed by a stranger pretending to be you. Fraud can also be committed by close family and friends without your knowledge. Keeping an eye on your credit report means that you verify all accounts and credit cards you hold.
Be aware of pressure
Scammers are likely to present a situation that needs your urgent attention, but banks and other providers freeze accounts if there is a genuine problem. No one should ever pressurize you to reveal personal information or to make a quick decision. If this happens you should end the call and contact your bank or provider.
Use enhanced security options
2 factor authentication involves using a code generator or your phone number to verify your identity. This means even with your password a fraudster still needs access to an additional code, the extra layer of security can help you feel more confident.
Some of us are more vulnerable to scams and fraud, and support exists for victims of fraud. There are enhanced services for vulnerable victims who are define as:
- Anyone under the age of 17
- Anyone living with a mental health issue within the remit of the Mental Health Act 1983
- Anyone living with a mental health issue within the remit of the Mental Health Act 1983
- Anyone with a physical or mental impairment
You can also report fraudulent scams to Action Fraud using their online reporting tool, or you can also call them on 0300 123 2040.
You can also report fraud on behalf of a vulnerable person, you should make this clear to Action Fraud, so they receive the right support.
You can also report scams to your local police by calling 101 (non-emergency), if you have been threatened, feel unsafe or have concerns about a young person you can call the police on 999 (emergency number).
Your go-to place for understanding different social media networks. Simple and concise.
YouTube is one of the most popular video platforms and can be accessed from a range of devices. Learn how to block, report and restrict users.
Kik is a controversial messaging app popular with children and young people. Learn how to block, report and restrict users.
With 75% of teens using Snapchat it is important that safeguarding professionals, parents and carers understand the platform.
The messaging platform known for it’s groupchats. Understand the features you need to keep yourself, and others safe.
The most used photo-sharing app in which 17% of teenage girls say they have been bullied on. Learn about it’s features and how to report and block.
Frequently dubbed “YouTube for gamers”, Twitch is a site used by gamers where they can live stream the game that they’re playing.
While the frequency of use of Facebook by young people has fallen, they still use this social media gaint as a space to congregate online.
TikTok is a free social media platform use to create and share short videos. It has hit the headlines for various safety issues regarding young children on the platform; personal information, predators and bullying are key issues.