Young parents take crash course in Internet safety

Young mums in Grays have been learning how to stay safe online as part of Safer Internet Day.

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Sanctuary Supported Living’s (SSL) Ruth House, which provides supported housing for young mothers and their children, delivered the workshop to bring residents up to speed with the latest safety considerations for the digital world.

The workshop was held to coincide with Safer Internet Day 2018, a national awareness raising event to promote the responsible, respectful, critical and creative use of technology.

Residents discussed a range of topics from simple practical tips like not sharing passwords and not adding strangers on social media to wider concerns like the risks of grooming and protecting your identity online.

Some of the most pressing concerns were jotted down on sticky-note and attached to the wall to create a collage for discussion.

The workshop shows one of a wide range of ways Sanctuary Supported Living staff support residents to help them develop the skills they need to live independently.

SSL local service manager Kelly Cross said: “It’s never been easier to access a wide range of services for just about every conceivable need online – however, that convenience brings its own dangers.

“As single parents, our residents can be more vulnerable in some ways and this workshop was a way of helping equip them with the knowledge of how to stay safe online.”

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