Since the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a significant rise in phishing emails being sent in the hope of playing on people's concerns in an attempt to encourage them to share information such as their email login details, bank details or other personal information. These spoof emails include communications from the likes of the World Health Organization and HM Revenue and Customs.
Below is guidance on how to protect yourself from falling victim from such scams. Tips for identifying and avoiding phishing emails:
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Cyber bullying and online harassment can be extremely distressing and can be classed as a criminal offence, but there is lots of help available to support you.
Think before you post - when posting or commenting on the internet, consider what you say and what effect this may have. Never post comments that are abusive or may cause offence to others.
Keep personal information personal - do not say anything or publish pictures that might later cause you or someone else embarrassment. Be aware of what friends post about you, or reply to your posts, particularly about your personal details and activities.
Make the most of privacy settings - keep your profiles closed, allowing access only to your chosen friends and family.
Report cyber bullying to internet service providers - lots of content on social media that is offensive or upsetting, is not necessarily a criminal offence. Cyber bullying often violates the terms and conditions established by social media sites and internet service providers. Report cyber bullying to the social media site so they can take action against users abusing the terms of service.
Social media help sections can show you how to block users and change settings to control who can contact you. You can get advice and support on using the following social media sites, including the ability to report content to them:
If you believe that you are the victim of an offence, always keep a record of the content - by taking a screenshot, for example. If you are worried that your child or a loved one might be the victim of cyber bullying, here are some signs to look out for: