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Digital Safety during COVID-19
August 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
As you will be aware, COVID-19 restrictions are continuing to partially close schools, colleges and universities across the country, significantly limiting face-to-face contact between teachers and students. Additionally, many medical and care facilities are providing only remote or essential/urgent services, similarly affecting contact between medical professionals and patients.
The education sector is responsible for more Prevent referrals than any other, and as such it is realistic to expect that the number of referrals into Prevent from some of the professional sectors subject to the Prevent Duty will reduce during this time. However, the risk of radicalisation itself has not abated, with more time being spent online leading to the possibility of increased exposure to online terrorist content and influences as groomers look to exploit feelings of stress and isolation among vulnerable individuals.
In the longer-term, the economic and social impact of COVID-19, such as job losses and financial hardship, could further weaken protective factors. online radicalisation risk KIKIT webinar session will cover the following information on how to safeguard vulnerable people from online radicalisation:
- Encouraging people to practice digital safety so that vulnerable individuals are less exposed to online harms
- Increasing awareness of the signs of radicalisation, enabling people to make informed choices
- Signposting parents, carers, family and friends to Prevent, or other appropriate safeguarding services