Community Messaging Live Feed: PCC warns of online dangers facing young people

Received from West Mercia Police:

PCC warns of online dangers facing young people

With young people now spending less time outside and more time inside relying on social media to keep in touch with their friends, PCC John Campion is calling on parents to be wary of the online dangers.

With the national lockdown in place, children and young people are likely to find they have more time on their hands. They may try and fill it by going online which increases the likelihood of them coming across inappropriate content, being exposed to abuse or scams. An increased use of social media, in order to keep in touch with their friends or keep up-to-date with the latest trends, may expose them to those looking to exploit young people.

Get Safe Online, which is supported by the PCC, features key information for parents to ensure children and young people’s safety is a priority when it comes to internet and social media use. It covers off subjects such as gaming, sexting, cyber-bullying and privacy.

PCC John Campion said: “Some parents may be feeling much more relaxed knowing that their child/children are at home, however it’s important that we don’t forget that with that comes other risks. There are many things we can be doing in order to protect our young people, such as putting parental controls or restrictions in place, but it’s also so important to talk and ask the questions around what they’re doing and who they are speaking with.

“Cyber criminals are exploiting the crisis, so I would encourage all parents to be vigilant and if you are concerned about something your child has found, or have become involved in, then please report it to the police.”

More information can be found here: https://www.getsafeonline.org/safeguarding-children/

Easter weekend pharmacy opening hours

Lawley and Overdale Parish Council has received a joint press release from the Telford and Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Groups.

It explains that over the Easter weekend, as GP surgeries will be open on both bank holidays, pharmacies will be open to support them. Most pharmacies will be open from 2pm until 5pm on Monday and Friday, but some are planning to open for longer. It advises people to check their pharmacy’s website for details. Continue reading

Citizens Advice Telford & Wrekin set to carry on providing information and advice

Press Release

Local advice charity Citizens Advice Telford & Wrekin set to carry on providing information and advice

The charity launched two local numbers and a new email advice service this week. The public can get help and advice on issues such as benefits, debts or employment worries as well as consumer advice, legal help and much more. Despite the challenges, Citizens Advice Telford & the Wrekin is determined to carry on. Continue reading