In honour of the Ann Craft Trust’s Safeguarding Adults Week, we’re sharing how many people we support at MacIntyre have developed an online presence over the past two years and how we are taking steps to support people to stay safe online.

Staying connected: The ‘lockdown effect’

When the UK first entered lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the people supported by MacIntyre began to go into shielding. Unable to see their families and friends, teams across the UK realised many people we support didn’t have access to digital devices and therefore were unable to take part in online activities.

With thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we were able to raise the funds to purchase over 500 digital devices, including iPads, laptops and phones. These devices enabled so many people to keep in touch with their loved ones during this difficult time.

Whilst having access to digital devices is a fantastic way to stay connected, we’ve been helping people to learn about online safety.

Online safety tips - From Yvonne Nugent, Head of MacIntyre No Limits

  • When setting up a personal email be careful on wording- [javascript protected email address] is easily guessed as John Doe born 1990.
  • Never open attachments unless you know the sender, it could be a virus. Call the sender first to check if you are unsure.
  • On social media. A quick glimpse of your media gives away your location, job, work hours, age and even when you are on holiday, so your home may be empty. Don’t give too much away.
  • Your communication is key. Make talking about staying safe as normal as road safety and stranger danger, make it a consistent household message not targeted

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