The lockdown period has raised a number of different concerns around safeguarding young people. There has been an increase in fraudulent activity by criminal gangs aiming to access personal data as well as spikes in certain types of co-ordinated criminal activity through “County Lines operations”
With young people spending more time on electronic devices to access work and for study it may be worth checking that online safety is something you are up to date with. Resources have been shared during college tutorials but the NSPCC website is an excellent point to refresh your knowledge and contains specific guide for many of the different possible risks. Whilst apps such as Zoom have been incredibly valuable to support learning they are new to many of us, the information on Video streaming is very relevant.
Phishing and fraudulent calls
Criminals are taking advantage of the current situation with a range of fraudulent emails around a theme of exploiting people’s concerns to trick them into sharing personal details.
In response the National Cyber Security Centre have launched an information campaign to give advice on how to avoid falling prey to this and also how to report a contact.
More information can be found here https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware/home
At the time of writing another practise was becoming clear around the government track and trace operation for Covid 19, with people reporting fraudulent contact via the telephone. Whilst genuine calls as a result of Covid 19 track and trace are clearly critical we are being told to try to verify the caller’s identity before sharing any personal information.