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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - staying safe online

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has impacted everyone’s daily lives. More people are working from home, looking after children and spending time online. Now more than ever, it is important for everyone to know how to stay connected, stay safe online, check the facts and remember to take a break.

Stay Connected – Even with social distancing in place it is still important to stay connected with friends and family. Staying in touch with people you normally see often or reconnecting with old friends by phone, video call or social media can boost wellbeing.

Stay Safe - Many people are using new services, apps or devices, such as webcams and tablets, to work or socialise at this time. You may also be using existing devices and services more often. Check your security and privacy settings, block unsuitable content and protect against fraud. 

Check the Facts - Not all information online is reliable. Before you like, comment or share something online use the SHARE checklist to make sure you’re not contributing to the spread of harmful content: o Source - make sure information comes from a trusted source o Headline - always read beyond the headline o Analyse - check the facts o Retouched - does the image or video look as though it has been doctored? o Error - look out for bad grammar and spelling

Take a Break - It is easy to feel overwhelmed with information at this time. 24-hour news and constant social media updates can make you more worried. It’s important to take a step back and think about how this is affecting you. If it is, try to limit the time you spend watching, reading, or listening to coverage of the outbreak. Check in at set times or a few times a day.

It is important for children to stay both connected and safe online. Remember to make use of parental controls and to talk with your children.

Taken from: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-staying-safe-online

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