Posted on 3rd October 2016
Hello and welcome to my latest blog post.
This past month has been a very busy one for many of us, with the summer holidays ending, children going back to school and teenagers starting out at university. September was no different for me.
A big part of my role is getting out into the community to help residents to boost their security and protect themselves from criminals online. Over the past four weeks I have been doing just that and have been busy meeting with people to talk about their thoughts on internet safety, along with offering tailored advice.
I have found my visits extremely insightful and have learnt a lot about some of the varying challenges that different groups face online. This has included attending family focused events at Derbyshire libraries, along with presenting at the 50+ Forums in Clay Cross and Heanor, the Chesterfield Hard of Hearing Club, and also at the Derbyshire Autism Services Groups in Derby and Chesterfield.
Whilst meeting the different groups I have gained a fascinating insight into their experiences of the online world and learnt how they have adapted technology to support them.
I also had the great pleasure of finding alternative ways to support these groups, including developing my presentations to include role plays and working alongside a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter as I presented to the Chesterfield Hard of Hearing Club.
It was thought-provoking to see the variations in the challenges that different groups face in the online world, including the Deaf Community, people with autism, and the older community who haven’t necessarily grown up using technology.
During the visits I offered advice on a range of issues from cyber bullying and online grooming, to social media, privacy settings and scam emails.
It has been an honour to have been invited to deliver the different workshops over the past month and I hope to meet many more community groups across Derbyshire in the near future.
That’s all for now!
I hope that you have enjoyed reading my latest post. Feel free to go back at look at any other posts for help and advice, along with exploring our cyberhub here
Digital PCSO Shevani Raichura