The internet has become a huge part of our everyday lives. It enables us to access a wealth of information from the palm of our hands as well as managing many aspects of our lives, such as our shopping and banking. It also allows us to make connections with people locally, nationally and globally.
Whilst the internet has many benefits, there are also many risks. Adults can be groomed, exploited or scammed online. They can have their personal information or money stolen. Information can be shared via the internet that is not regulated and therefore may be harmful or untrue. All adults can may experience online abuse, however adults may be at increased risk due to their age, vulnerabilities or other factors such as having a learning disability.
It is important to remain vigilant and stay safe online.
How can I keep myself safe online?
- Make sure you are as informed as possible
- Make sure your devices are updated and have up to date anti-virus protection
- Always use secure website for any transactions (buying/selling/banking)
- Don’t share personal details (date of birth, age, home address) on your social media
- Don’t open e-mails / text messages if you don’t know who it’s from
- Be aware of e-mails / messages that ask you to click on a link or provide bank account information – these are sent to trick you and steal your identity.
- Use the privacy settings and check / update this regularly
Staying safe online – more information and tips
Staying safe online – people with learning disabilities
The Ann Craft Trust has produced some guidance: How to Stay Safe Online – Guidance for Adults and Young People with Learning Disabilities – Digital Safeguarding which includes links to easy read resources.
The University of Brighton, East Sussex County Council and others have collaborated to produce a short video to help adults with learning disabilities and autism to stay safe online.
Details of all the latest news from Salford Safeguarding Adults Board.